As many as 16 people died of COVID-19 in Assam on January 18, a state government daily bulletin said. Cases of COVID-19 in Assam spiralled further with over 8,000 fresh cases reported on January 18. The state now has 29,560 active cases.
On January 18, the state reported 8,072 fresh cases of COVID-19 with Kamrup Metro reporting the highest 1,996 cases on a single day.
Assam tested 63,944 samples during the past 24 hours with 12.62 per cent of them testing positive for the viral infection.
The state reported 16 deaths due to COVID-19 complications during the past 24 hours. Six people died in Cachar district while Golaghat and Kamrup Metro reported two deaths each. Dibrugarh, Jorhat, Nalbari, Sivasagar and Sonitpur and Tinsukia districts also reported one death each during the day.
Till January 18, Assam has reported 6,233 deaths due to novel coronavirus related complications.
The NHM bulletin added that as many as 2,444 people recovered from the viral infection during the day and were released from hospitals, COVID care centres and quarantine.
Assam has been witnessing a rapid surge in COVID-19 cases since January 1. Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had said that the Omicron variant of the virus is prevalent in the state.
The Assam government has made double vaccination compulsory for anyone coming out of their homes. Only double-vaccinated people are allowed in public spaces like shopping centres, banks, offices, public transport etc.