GUWAHATI, June 20 - Altogether 136 COVID patients were discharged from various hospitals across the State today after being tested negative, taking the overall count of those released so far to 3,202. Till reports last arrived, the total number of infected patients stood at 5,006, of which 1,792 are active. The death toll remains at 9. Official sources said that looking at the trend of those being discharged after being tested negative, it goes without saying that the State would soon achieve one of the best rates of recovery in the country.
�We have been making steady pr:ogress in terms of the number of patients who has so far recovered. At the moment, the recovery rate is hovering around 60 per cent and we are confident that the percentage will shoot up with every passing day,� a source said. The health department machinery, in the meantime, has intensified its effort to carry out more and more tests across the State, especially in Guwahati.
�All the test labs are working on a war footing and the ground-level health workers are doing their best to cover the vulnerable population. The way things are progressing we should be able to cross the three lakh mark in terms of overall testing even before the stipulated time,� the source said.
Earlier on Frdiay, State Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma and Minister of State Pijush Hazarika inspected the Jalukbari Ayurvedic College, which has been renovated into a full-fledged 110-bed COVID hospital.
Meanwhile, after a doctor from Apollo Hospitals, Guwahati has tested positive for COVID-19 last evening, the hospital authority has issued a statement informing that the doctor is under treatment as a designated government COVID facility.
�We have immediately carried out the contact tracing and the contacts are being quarantined and tested as per guidelines. We at Apollo Hospitals are practicing strict screening processes for all visitors to the hospitals,� the statement added.