Assam records biggest single-day spike in COVID-19 cases


GUWAHATI: Assam has recorded the biggest single-day spike of COVID-19 positive cases on Monday. Till 5.50 PM, the State has registered 122 cases in single day. Assam has been witnessing a steep rise in COVID-19 cases with the increasing number of incoming people after the relaxation of inter-state travel during the fourth phase of lockdown. With the resumption of rail and domestic flight services, the State has been receiving a large number of returnees in each single day.

Assam took less than 24 hours to cross the 500-mark from 392 cases at 10.35 PM on Sunday. At 5.50 PM on Monday, 48 new cases have been detected which took the tally to 514. The State witnessed a record new high with the 122 cases on Monday.

Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has already cautioned that the State is no longer safe amid the surge of COVID-19 positive cases. He stated that most of the cases are imported.

Taking to Twitter Dr. Sarma wrote, ““Most of the positive cases in Assam are imported not home-grown.”

However he asserted that all the swabs are collected from the people soon after they arrive from outstation. Subsequently they are transferred to the quarantine centres.

“Next 7-10 days will be difficult for us. But all the departments including doctors, nurses, district administration and police are prepared to control the situation,” the health minister told media persons.

The State Government has adopted a ‘Ruthless quarantine but with human heart’ policy to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus to the community. Strict Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) has been put in place for the incoming passengers in terms of quarantine. Similarly, massive surveillance programme is underway across the State.

The Assam health department has also ramped up testing facilities to ensure early detection of positive cases. Till Sunday more than 60 thousand COVID-19 tests were conducted in the State.