Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Monday informed that the state was performing better in COVID-19 management than many other states.
"Assam's recovery rate is 63.3 per cent and this is among the top three states in the country," Sarma said.
The minister was addressing the media in Guwahati where he spoke at length about the various steps taken by the Assam government to strengthen its fight against COVID-19.
Assam's COVID-19 tally on Monday reached 5586, while 117 more cured patients were discharged during the day taking the total to 3521.
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Speaking about the spike in cases, Sarma said, "Yesterday’s spike of 331 cases was by far the biggest."
"On June 4, we had 285 cases. However, if we correlate the cases with the number of tests conducted, there is nothing to panic," Sarma added.
"We had conducted as many as 15,000 tests yesterday,” the Assam health minister further said.
He also informed that Assam's doubling rate has also come down from seven days on June 8 to 13 days as on date.
He also informed that Assam so far has carried out 3 lakh test and only a few other states have conducted so many tests so far.
"Very few states have done this. The number of tests conducted per million population in Assam now is 8229," Sarma said.
He said that this is among the top six states in the country.
Sarma further informed that so far t 2.43 lakh people have returned to the state from outside and each one of them has been tested for COVID-19 and quarantined.
The minister further informed that so far 173 trains and 711 flights have arrived in Assam.
He also informed that the number of returnees is gradually decreasing and there are a few persons left outside Assam and they that they will also return soon.
"On June 15, around 8586 people had returned and yesterday the number of returnees was 5000," the minister said.
The minister further informed that the last Shramik train is expected on June 23, and after that, the number of returnees per day will come down to 1500-2000.
He also informed that by July first week the pressure on the quarantine facilities is expected to come down drastically.
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