Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, wearing a PPE kit, on a visit to a COVID ward at GMCH in Guwahati on September 13

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on September 13 reiterated his appeal to COVID-19 patients opting for home isolation to take adequate medical treatment at proper time as the state witnessed a spike in number of COVID deaths as well as new cases.

The state recorded on September 13 recorded 16 COVID-19 deaths while it recorded highest single-day COVID-19 deaths on September 12 when 23 casualties were confirmed. The death toll due to COVID-19 in Assam stands at 469.

Over 71 COVID-19 deaths have been confirmed by the death audit board in Assam in the last four days. The board notified COVID-19 deaths only in those cases where the novel coronavirus is identified as the ‘underlying cause of death’ and not all COVID-19 positive patients who succumb are included in the death toll.

Visiting the COVID care facility inside Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati on September 13, the Health minister said a large number of patients opting for home isolation are either not following the norms of quarantine or are seeking medical attention at a very late stage.

He said the GMCH has been receiving substantial number of COVID-19 patients who rush to the hospital at a very late stage and the doctors are unable to save them.

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Sarma said: “The people cannot be negligent and move around the house if they are staying in home isolation. Also, they cannot drop the guard at any point of time and wait for the last moment to seek medical attention.”

He urged the people to cooperate with the Health department and the state government to check the spread of the virus.

Meanwhile, the overall COVID-19 tally in the state has increased to 1,41,763 with 1292 new cases detected in the last 24 hours, with a positivity rate of over 8%.

The number of recovered patients has risen to 1,13,133 as 2251 more cured patients were discharged from different hospitals in the last 24 hours.

The active COVID-19 positive caseload in the state currently is at 28,158.

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