Guwahati: Assam Chief Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, on Friday, directed the state health department to not allow home quarantine to COVID-19 patients of any age group with comorbidities.

They can be referred to institutional quarantine instead, he said.

Chief Minister Sarma, during a review meeting of the health department, said that there has been a considerable decline in the death and positivity rates in the state.

He expressed confidence that the situation will improve further in the next few weeks.

The chief minister also reviewed the status of paediatric ICUs, which are being set up at various government hospitals.

CM Sarma also reviewed the functioning of 13 oxygen plants in the state along with the status of installation of six oxygen plants provided by the Centre.

With the fresh supply of Covaxin and Covishield arriving in the state in the next few days, the vaccination process must be speeded up to cover as many people as possible in the shortest time,” he added.

Sarma also discussed rates of private hospitals for treatment of Covid patients in both general and super-speciality wards.


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Assam’s COVID status

Assam COVID-19 tally increased to 4,28,933 on Friday with 4,548 more people testing positive for the infection, while 54 fresh fatalities pushed the state’s coronavirus death toll to 3,577, a health bulletin said.

Kamrup Metropolitan district logged the highest number of fresh fatalities, followed by Cachar and Tinsukia (six each), Karbi Anglong (five), Dibrugarh (four).

The active cases in the state stand at 50,765 while a total of 4,263 more people were cured of the disease in a day, taking the total number of recoveries to 3,73,244. The recovery rate among the coronavirus patients in the state stands at 87.02 per cent.