Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma right this moment stated the state is able to implement the centre’s normal working process or SOP for holding NEET and JEE. However, he cautioned that the coronavirus disaster continues to be large risk and there are worries that even in Assam, which has considered one of lowest COVID-19 mortality charges within the nation, the fatalities could enhance.
For the final 15 days Assam has been seeing a slight enhance in positivity price, and the variety of sufferers on life help can also be rising, Mr Sarma stated.
“Centre has issued an SOP, so we will try to implement it in letter and spirit so that there is no discomfort to students. The positivity rate has increased, but it is largely in six districts. I am hopeful the exams will pass off smoothly,” Mr Sarma instructed NDTV on Saturday.
Over 30,000 candidates for Joint Entrance Exam (JEE) and the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test (NEET) are from Assam; they’ll take the exams in some 48 centres. Many say they’re anxious about shifting in crowded examination centres and have requested the federal government to defer the exams in order that they do not turn out to be coronavirus carriers.
While Mr Sarma assured the scholars they need to not fear, he additionally raised some issues over the coronavirus state of affairs within the state.
“So far Assam has managed well compared to the national matrix, but for the last 15 days the positivity rate has slightly increased. This is an area of concern. COVID-19 is no longer benign, but still people are on oxygen support. We are getting more and more serious patients and if we continue to get serious patients, the mortality rate will go up,” Mr Sarma stated.
Assam has reported a positivity price of 6.38 per cent, which is barely decrease than the nationwide common of round eight per cent. However, it additionally has one of many highest restoration charges within the nation (80.26 per cent) and lowest demise charges (0.28 per cent). The corresponding nationwide averages are 76 per cent and 1.eight per cent, respectively.
The doubling price in Assam, the worst-affected state within the northeast, is 23 days and the state is testing at a price of 62,000 per million thus far.
Mr Sarma stated the state will quickly doubtless want extra oxygen gear. “In Assam, the installed capacity of oxygen production is 37.8 tonnes a day, both COVID-19 and non-COVID-19 are consuming 25 tonnes as of today. The requirement is going up, so at some point of time either we have to ration supply of oxygen for industrial purpose or bring from other states,” the Health Minister stated.
Over 500 COVID-19 sufferers throughout the state are on oxygen help, Mr Sarma stated.