As such, the Assam government has decided to start Plasma therapy as a way to fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The state reported a high spike in COVID-19 cases on July 18th, 2020. It reported 1117 new COVID-19 cases including 515 from Guwahati alone. In lieu of the rising number of cases, the option of plasma therapy has been considered.
To speak on the matter, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, "the upsurge of COVID in Assam is fairly new and as such we don't have many eligible plasma donors. Therefore, I appeal to all eligible donors from all over India to come to Assam and donate plasma. You'll be our esteemed state guest and your travel and stay will be taken care of".
The state government has also been promoting people who have donated plasma.
Earlier, Himanta Biswa Sarma maintained that “other treatments have a negative impact but not Plasma”. “If given to Moderate state, 90% will come back from growing sick”, said HBS. “The fight against COVID will get simpler if recovered patients start donating plasma” he further states. The Assam Govt will provide a Plasma Donor Certificate, a Personally-named letter by the Health Minister. These certificates will help to provide benefits in several State or Central Government Schemes.
The state crossed 20,000 mark in COVID-19 cases on July 16th, 2020 while crossed the 1000-mark in 60 days. It reported the first case on March 31st, 2020.
Meanwhile, the death toll reached 53 with 2 new deaths on 18th July. Earlier, 75-year-old Sunil Roy from Kamrup Metro admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) succumbed to COVID-19 yesterday evening.
India recorded the highest single-day spike of 38,902 cases and 543 deaths reported in India in the last 24 hours. The death toll is now 26816, as per data released by the Union Health Ministry. Active cases in India stand at 373379 while 677422 have been cured or discharged so far.
Among the states, Maharashtra is the first state to cross 11 thousand deaths. It has recorded 300937 corona cases with 165663 cured, 11596 deaths, and 123678 active cases. The western state is followed by Delhi and Tamil Nadu. Delhi has corona 121582 cases with 101274 cured, 3597 deaths, and 16711 active cases. Tamil Nadu has 165714 positive cases with 113856 cured, 2403 deaths 49455 active cases. Gujarat with 47390 COVID-19 cases, so far, has 34035 have been cured, 2122 deaths, and 11233 active cases.
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