Collection of nasal swab for COVID-19 test

Ninety-two patients died of COVID-19 in Assam on May 17. The state also reported all-time highest single day spike of 6394 cases in the last 24 hours.

The National Health Mission’s daily bulletin stated that 44,942 active cases are present in the state while the total number of cases detected in the state went up to 3,35,023.

On May 17, 26 persons died in Kamrup Metropolitan, 11 in Kamrup, seven in Sonitpur, six in Darrang, five each in Cachar, Dibrugarh and Tinsukia, three each in Barpeta, Nagaon, Nalbari and Sivasagar, two each in Golaghat, Charaideo, Hojai, Jorhat, and one each in Biswanath, Bongaigaon, Goalpara, Karbi Anglong, Morigaon, South Salmara and Udalguri districts.

The total number of deaths due to the pandemic rose to 2,271 persons.

NHM said 1,347 more COVID-19 patients have died till now, but the government’s death audit board has not included them in the tally of deaths caused by the COVID-19 as they had other ailments too.

With detection of 6,394 patients against testing of 91,481 samples on May 17, Assam has reported a positivity rate of 6.99 per cent for the day, the NHM daily bulletin said.

The state had reported 3,650 coronavirus positive cases on May 16 against testing of 42,884 samples.

Out of new cases, the highest 1,100 patients were detected from the state capital, followed by 502 in Kamrup, 456 in Dibrugarh and 430 in Nagaon.

With 3,35,023 total COVID-19 positive cases in Assam, the overall positivity rate stands at 3.5 per cent against total testing of 95,84,183 samples so far.

The Kamrup Metro district, which primarily comprises the Guwahati city, has so far reported a total of 91,310 cases of COVID-19.

During the day, the state reported fewer recoveries than the number of new infections at 4,737 discharges, NHM said in its daily bulletin.

In Assam, 2,86,463 COVID-19 patients have so far recovered and were discharged from different hospitals and CCCs.

The NHM further said a total of 34,69,905 doses of vaccines have been administered. This includes 27,29,015 first doses and 7,40,890 second doses.

It said that a total of 69,071 persons were vaccinated on May 17, up from 39,339 shots on May 16.

Meanwhile, Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said the state’s oxygen production has gone up to 84.5 MT.

“On May 1, I had visited #Oxygen unit Premier Cryogenics in Saukuchi, Ghy, to request that production be resumed in this shut down company. Glad that one unit is functional now & producing 14 MT. I visited them again today.”

“Assam is proud not only to meet our own oxygen requirements but also having had the opportunity to help neighbours,” he said in a series of tweets.

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