GUWAHATI, Aug 9 - The State Health Department will provide oximeters to COVID-19 patients opting for home isolation in Guwahati city. �From tomorrow, we will provide patient preferring to stay in home isolation a pulse oximeter and first-line supportive medicine completely free in Guwahati city. We have also activated the tele-medicine service for them through 104,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
The facilities are likely to be extended to other places as well. There are around 580 COVID-19 patients who have opted for home isolation in the city till date.
The number is increasing by around 50 everyday. Only asymptomatic patients are being allowed home isolation. Sarma further said COVID-19 cases in Guwahati have shown a decreasing trend in the last few days.
�Positivity rate has come down from 18 per cent (on July 25) to 4.5 per cent as on Saturday. The number of positive cases per day is also slowing down. We need to maintain this trend for a few more weeks,� he said. Yesterday, the city recorded 299 COVID-19 positive cases, the lowest in last six days. The number of Covid-19 cases now stands at 57,714, while the total number of discharged patients is 40,591.
Meanwhile, in Assam 396 cured patients have registered for plasma donation.
�After initial screening at GMCH lab, more than 267 willing people were called for donation out of which 124 were able to donate so far in Guwahati. In other government medical colleges, 15 have donated their plasma,� officials said.
Meanwhile, till Saturday, 2,205 Assam Police personnel have tested positive for the virus and 1,659 have recovered. Six police personnel have succumbed to their infection.