GUWAHATI, May 20 - The number of COVID-19 cases in the State reached 188 today, with 31 more persons testing positive for the virus. Eight of the new cases are from Hojai, two from Sonitpur and one each from Kamrup Metro, Kamrup, Nagaon and Karimganj districts. Fourteen new cases are from Sarusajai quarantine centre.
Meanwhile, in view of the rising number of COVID-19 cases, the health department has decided to keep two hospitals in Guwahati on stand-by to accommodate patients.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today visited both the Sonapur District Hospital and Kalapahar TB Hospital and asked the administration to ramp up preparations.
The Sonapur hospital was earlier used as a COVID-19 hospital, but was later opened for general patients.
�The Kalapahar hospital is a quarantine centre as of now. We are putting 140 new beds there to accommodate patients. At Sonapur, we will get 80 beds,� Sarma said.
Also, by May 27, the new unit at GMCH will be ready and it will have around 200 beds. The government also plans to build a set-up to accommodate 1,000 patients in the city.
�We will be needing more beds as this cycle of quarantine, testing and positive cases will continue for the next two months,� he said.
Three positive patients � one from Hojai and two from Nalbari, who went missing last night, were later caught by police.
Meanwhile, seven patients, including Dr Likhithesh from GMCH, were discharged today. Two other discharged patients are from Jorhat Medical College & Hospital and four from Silchar Medical College & Hospital. With this, the active cases count now stands at 102 and discharged 48.