Assam witnessed the highest single-day spike in COVID-19 positive cases since the onset of the third wave of coronavirus this year with as many as 8,072 fresh cases reported against 63,944 samples tested on Tuesday.
Sixteen deaths were reported by Tuesday evening (during 24 hours), which is also the highest number of single-day fatalities in the state during the third wave of COVID-19 this year.
Kamrup (Metropolitan) district also reported on Tuesday the highest number of cases, 1996, in a single day this year so far.
According to official reports, the state recorded a daily positivity rate (the percentage of people testing positive) of 7.87 per cent on Uruka (January 13), a day before Magh Bihu, which sharply increased to 12.62 per cent on Tuesday.
The positivity rate on January 1 was only 0.77 per cent when the state had 918 active cases.
Among the other districts in the state, Kamrup (Rural), Dibrugarh, Cachar, Jorhat and Tinsukia have also witnessed substantial COVID-19 positive cases in the past two weeks.On January 14, the state logged 2348 cases against 30,109 tests while 3390 cases were reported out of 34,355 tests done on January 15.
Among the other districts in the state, Kamrup (Rural), Dibrugarh, Cachar, Jorhat and Tinsukia have also witnessed substantial COVID-19 positive cases in the past two weeks.
The country has been logging more than one lakh cases every day since January 7, 2022 in an unprecedented spike driven by the Omicron variant.
According to official reports, India's COVID curve showed marginal improvement on Tuesday with the country recording 2,38,018 new cases in the past 24 hours - 7 per cent lower than Monday's reported 2.58 lakh daily cases.
India's caseload now stands at 3.75 crore, including 8,891 cases of the Omicron variant.