With spurt in COVID cases Health dept doing targeted testing
GUWAHATI, April 11: In what might give some relief to the State Health Department, stepping up of the COVID-19 tests on Saturday has pointed at a low positivity rate in the State.
On Sunday, 73,329 tests were carried out in the State of which 352 were found to be positive for the novel coronavirus. The positivity rate was 0.48 per cent.
At lesser number of tests prior to Saturday, the positivity had gone over 1 per cent.
“This means that the department is doing targeted testing. A majority of the positive cases were being found among passengers in railway stations and airports,” an official said.
As many 19 positive cases were detected among passengers at Guwahati Railway Station yesterday. Three pilgrims were also found to be positive for the virus at Kamakhya.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, who visited the Kalapahar Covid Hospital here today, said the Health Department is planning to conduct 1 lakh tests daily.
“Our target is one lakh tests daily. Yesterday, we did close to 70,000 tests. We hope by two-three days we will be able to achieve the target,” Sarma said.
Interestingly, Health officials said most of the positive cases detected in the city have been asymptomatic and many have been allowed home isolation.
However, hospital beds continue to be filled up in the city. On Sunday morning, the 162-bed Kalapahar Covid Hospital had 157 patients. However, around 40 patients were slated to be released during the day.
The MMCH had 48 patients out of 55 beds.
While the authorities have readied the 200-bed unit at GMCH which was earlier used as COVID unit for admitting new patients again, another floor with fifty beds is also being prepared at the facility.
Meanwhile, the government hospitals at Singimari and Sonapur as well as the Ayurvedic College hospital – having around 300 beds in all are also on stand-by.