Himanta fears spike in COVID-19 cases in festive season

Assam is placed seventh in the country in the list of states with most numbers of active COVID-19 cases. On September 10, Assam had more than 29,000 active cases.

State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on September 10 cautioned that the tally could witness a major spike during the festival season in the coming two months.

“In September, we are getting an average of 2,500 new COVID-19 cases daily. With the festival season in October and November, we fear that this number could increase to daily average of 3,000,” he said.

“If the people ignore the threat and decide to partake in festivities, the number will spike thus. But if the people keep the festivities confined to only the religious rituals, the number could be controlled,” he said, adding that the Health department was preparing itself to take the load of 75,000 cases.

Maintaining that there was no likelihood of positive news regarding vaccine or medicine for COVID-19 in the next couple of months, Sarma said: “In December, there may be vaccines or therapeutic treatment.”

While pointing that the state has been able to achieve recovery rate of 79 per cent, the minister also cautioned of cured COVID-19 patients developing problems later and even dying.

He was speaking after inaugurating a one-week plasma donation drive, ‘Lohitanjali’, for cured COVID-19 patients at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

With more than 29,000 active cases, Assam has been placed at number seven by the Union Health Ministry in the list of COVID-19 active cases in the country.

Uttar Pradesh, Tamil Nadu, Telangana, Assam, Odisha and Chattisgarh are in the same the group which accounts for 25.2 per cent COVID-19 cases in the country.

According to the statistics, Maharashtra is leading the list of states with 2,43,809 active cases, followed by 96,937 in Karnataka and 96,769 in Andhra Pradesh.

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