Nearly 500 people have been evacuated from the Baghjan village, and are now at a relief camp in a school.
The four-storey hospital — a new super-specialty block of the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital — was completed at a cost of Rs 150 crores and comprises 236 beds, including 50 ICU beds.
As rainfall persisted, the affected population rose to 2.71 lakh spread across 321 villages in eleven districts of the state
Heavy rain continued to lash large parts of the state, including capital Guwahati, even as the number of Covid cases increased. According to the Regional Meteorological Centre in Guwahati, heavy rainfall is predicted in the region over the next five days.
Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal has announced a one-time financial relief of Rs 2 lakh for Deka’s family.
On Monday, the Regional Meteorological Centre (RMC), Guwahati, predicted heavy rainfall in the Northeastern region for the next five days, issuing a red warning (extremely heavy rainfall) in Kokrajhar, Baksa and Chirang districts for the next two days.
The Indian Express had in April reported about the letter -- dated April 7 and signed by Gupta -- addressed to state Health and Finance Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. Gupta had said that he had withdrawn the letter and that it was never actually sent to the government.
Floods impact Assam annually affecting major portions of the states and displacing lakhs. Last year, in one of the worst reported floods in the decade, all 33 districts of the state were affected.
Curfew timings have been changed from 6 pm - 6 am to 7 pm to 7 am in Assam. Shops can run at full capacity on all days of the week, except in containment zones.
Sonowal added that according to a study by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII), Assam has suffered losses of one thousand crore rupees per day during the lockdown.
From an 18-month-old with a heart condition to a 76-year-old man with cancer, a group of 150 made it back to Guwahati after a four-day-long journey from Mumbai. On Thursday, seven of them tested positive.
Assam has reported 86 Covid cases so far of which 40 patients have been treated and discharged. Guwahati city has seen 22 cases in the last 24 hours of which 15 are contacts of an earlier positive case.
While all those who enter will be put into compulsory 14-day quarantine, the testing policy is a marked change from the government’s earlier stated position that everyone arriving in the state from ‘red zones’ of the country will be tested.
Conservationist and authority on Asian rhinos, Bibhab Talukdar feels that the presence of AK-47 cartridges implies that it was a well-organised crime.
GMCH student on screening tests positive, over 300 in quarantine.
A resident of Karimganj district in Barak Valley, the man is a senior member of the Tablighi Jamaat. He was a madrasa teacher and ran a small business. He was found to be suffering from blood cancer in February.
The minister also announced a ‘Community Surveillance Programme’ to check COVID-19 spread at the village level. As a part of this, health workers will visit homes to identify flu-like cases/respiratory symptoms.
Jamal Uddin, who hails from Hasanpur village of Karimganj district in Assam’s Barak Valley region, is a senior member of the Tablighi Jamaat.
While the state remains under a curfew from 6pm to 6 am, the new notice has relaxed timings for a number of services — especially those involved in industries, businesses and other economic activities.
"Normalcy will not return immediately — we will gradually try to bring normalcy. But in the meanwhile, we should make sure that public health concerns should not go away from people’s minds,” Sarma said.