Assam: Rapid surge in COVID cases & deaths in Dibrugarh worries authorities 

The Dibrugarh district administration has started a vaccination drive at the tea estates. 

A rapid surge in coronavirus cases has been reported from Dibrugarh in Assam. Since May 1, at least 2772 Covid-19 positive cases and 25 deaths were reported from the district, till today (May 8). 

Over 200 Covid-19 positive cases were reported from the tea gardens of Dibrugarh alone. Zaloni tea estate and Mayajan tea estate were declared containment zone after several cases were detected from the tea estates.

The Dibrugarh district administration has started a vaccination drive at the tea estates. 

Meanwhile, the tea garden management and Dibrugarh district administration have been working in tandem to contain the Covid cases in the garden areas.

Sanitation has started in the quarters of the tea garden workers to contain the deadly virus. 

On the other hand, the Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) authority have shut down the Outdoor Patients Department (OPD) following the sudden rise of Covid-19 cases.

"We have shut down the OPD after a discussion with Dibrugarh district administration. We have pushed the OPD staffs to Covid duties. Earlier, 200 patients daily come to the OPD for treatment but now 30 patients rush to the OPD due to the fear of Covid-19. Our casualty ward is open, so the patients can directly go to casualty for treatment," AMCH principal cum chief Superintendent Sanjeeb Kakati said.

Kakati said, "Till now, there is no shortage of beds at AMCH. Now, 144 patients were admitted at the hospital. We have a bed capacity of 300 but if patients are admitted regularly, then we cannot afford beds. Every day, 30 patients are admitted at AMCH for Covid-related treatment."(Edited by Ibankyntiew Mawrie)

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