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COVID-19 resurgence: Assam showing a rising trend, Health Minister asks not to panic

Despite assurances from the Assam health department on COVID-19 resurgence not happening in the state yet, it is showing a rising trend in the number of cases.
The average number of cases that the state recorded at the beginning of the year, January-February were 13 daily which has risen to 83 daily in April month that has only been seven days.

Assam has recorded its highest spike of this year on Wednesday with 195 new cases, a bulletin from the state health department mentioned.
It mentioned the state has 2.19 lakh confirmed cases of which, 847 are still active. 1,111 persons have died so far at a mortality rate of 0.51 per cent.
A comparative study, of the Assam’s COVID figures since March 7, a month ago, however, shows that the spike is a recent development. Only 1,359 cases have increased within the last 30 days at a rate of 45 cases daily and 17 deaths were recorded.

The average number of new cases, however, almost doubled from March 30 to 83 new cases daily.

Another worrying trend is that among the latest spikes, most are from the Assam capital and northeast’s gateway Guwahati with 104 of the 195 cases recorded last Wednesday.

Last year, August to September, when the state recorded its highest incidents of infections, the City was worst affected then too as it gets hard to contain the disease in populous urban areas.

The surge in the number of cases also coincides with the recently concluded three-phase Assam elections from March 27 to April 6.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had in several instances assured that COVID-19 as of now is a “non-entity” in Assam and wearing masks isn’t mandatory yet.

“I will let people know if and when COVID-19 resurges in Assam. Then people will have to wear mask and follow protocols or else, they will be fined,” Sarma had recently told during an interview.

As a precautionary measure, the state has restricted entry for people from Mumbai in Maharashtra and Bengaluru in Karnataka, the two worst-hit states in the COVID resurgence, only to those who can show negative RT-PCR test results.

On Friday, the Kamrup Metro district administration has also declared the campus of Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education (LNIPE) in Sonapur area near Guwahati as a containment zone.

Health Minister Sarma, on Thursday said, “There is no possibility of lockdown or night curfew in Assam. I request everyone to get themselves tested if they have symptoms. There is no need to panic but we should remain alert.”

A panic, however, has taken over the state that was preparing to celebrate Bohag Bihu from April 14 to 20 in a grand manner especially as it had failed to celebrate due to COVID-induced lockdown last year.

Nationwide, it has already been announced that India is experiencing a resurgence of COVID-19 with Maharashtra followed by the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu among the worst hit.

India’s caseload now stands at 1,29,28,574, of which 8,43,473 are active cases and 1,18,51,393 people have recovered from the virus.

A night curfew has been imposed in Uttar Pradesh’s capital Lucknow, Kanpur, Varanasi and Prayagraj due to the rising number of Covid cases in the country’s most populous state. Punjab too declared a series of restrictions including night curfew across the whole state, up from the earlier 12 districts

New Zealand has temporarily stopped entry for all travellers from India, including its citizens, for about two weeks following a high number of positive coronavirus cases arriving from India.

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