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With rise in number of critically ill COVID-19 patients in the state, the Assam government has started sprucing up its advanced and specialized treatment facilities.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said two COVID hospitals in Guwahati are being fitted with beds that have oxygen supply facility and ICUs.

He said the COVID hospitals at Kalapahar and Jalukbari in Guwahati have currently been closed and the facilities are being upgraded as the number of patients requiring oxygen support and ICU admission has been increasing in the state.

These two hospitals will be fitted with the necessary infrastructure and start functioning within 10 days, he added.

The minister had mentioned of a possible oxygen supply deficit in the state due to increase in number of COVID-19 patients requiring oxygen support.

Sarma on August 30 inaugurated a special paediatric unit at the MMC Hospital in Guwahati.

The Bagri Children COVID Care Centre at MMCH has 55 beds exclusively for treatment of COVID-19 positive children.

The overall COVID-19 tally in the state has climbed to 1,03,794 with detection of 2427 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The death toll has mounted to 289 with three more casualties, while the number of recovered patients has touched 82,510.

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