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With 5,626 cases recorded in Assam, 47 people have died.

Assam saw the highest single-day increase in Covid-19 cases since the pandemic started on Friday, with 5,626 new cases reported, while 47 patients died from the virus, bringing the state’s death toll to 1,578.

The second outbreak of the pandemic has proven to be more contagious and lethal, with 271 deaths occurring in the first seven days of the current month, accounting for 21% of all deaths. Last Wednesday, there were as many as 55 deaths, the state’s largest single-day increase to date.

On Friday, the total number of new cases reached over 2.8 lakh, with over 30,000 registered in the first week of May alone.

About 16,000 people, on the other hand, have stabilized during this time frame. The state’s recovery rate in the second wave has dropped to less than 87 percent, down from 98 percent at the end of the first wave.

This month, the state’s test positivity score, which measures the extent of the virus’s dissemination, has been fluctuating between 6 and 10. On May 2, a high rate of test positivity of more than 10% was reported, followed by a rate of more than 9% on May 5. The average fell one notch to more than 8% on Thursday and remained virtually unchanged on Friday.

On Thursday, Kamrup (Metro) district announced 1,353 new incidents, followed by Dibrugarh district with 484, Kamrup rural district with 454, and Nagaon district with 275.

Between April 27 and May 6, the total number of new cases in the Kamrup (Metro) district surpassed 13,000 for the first time. In the same 10-day period, seven other districts – Dibrugarh, Kamrup (Rural), Nagaon, Nalbari, Barpeta, Tinsukia, and Darrang – reported more than 1000 cases.

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Written by Ankur J Kakoti

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