Flattening of COVID-19 curve has started in Assam: Himanta Biswa Sarma


GUWAHATI: Assam health, finance and education minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma has stated that the COVID-19 curve is slowly flattening in the state. Talking to reporters in Guwahati, Dr. Sarma said that the COVID-19 data shows that there is improvement in Assam.  

“If we look at the last one week trend, on October 4 it was 5.8 per cent. If we observe from October 6, the positivity rate is coming down from 5 and it is gradually coming down. Yesterday’s positivity rate was just 1.4 per cent. This is something we saw in July-August in the beginning of the cycle and now in the past seven days we are witnessing that kind of positivity rate,” said Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.

On the other hand, in terms of absolute number case, Assam touched came down to 28,000 from 36,000 cases. Similarly, Assam has crossed the recovery rate at 85 per cent.

“We are about to complete 40 lakh tests today which for a state like Assam is a big achievement. Almost 1 lakh 14 thousand tests have been done per million (10 lakh). It means we have finished testing 10 per cent of the population. If we look in Guwahati we have conducted tests on 6 lakh people against a population of 10 lakh,” Sarma added.

The health minister said that if citizens maintain the vigilance and become extra careful for few more days, he can confirm that flattening has started in Assam.

“If we maintain the vigilance and are extra careful for a few more days, then I am confirming for the first time that flattening has started in Assam. So, it can be said that we can win this fight against COVID-19 if we continue this environment,” he added.