Assam records 11th corona death, discharged KA man dies

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Total lockdown in Guwahati city, state’s count jumps to 7165

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, June 28: The state recorded 11th death in COVID-19 on Sunday even as the state government has enforced a total lockdown in the capital city from Sunday midnight.

One Hemanga Majumdar (45), a resident of Khanapara in Guwahati city died due to COVID-19 in GMCH. He was brought to the hospital in a critical state.

Another patient Babu Hanse (30) of Jungthu Tamai Terang village, Dengaon died on Saturday evening at his residence. His sudden death created panic in his village and nobody came forward to perform his last rites. The health department said the death was due to heart arrest.

As nobody came forward for his last rites, the health workers and Dokmoka police took up the task.

Hanse had travel history to Tamil Nadu, he was earlier tested COVID-19 positive twice. First on June 14 and the second time on June 22. On June 25, he tested negative and was discharged from Diphu Medical College and Hospital on June 27.

In view of more than 800 positive cases without travel history, the state government has enforced a total lockdown in Guwahati city (under Kamrup metro district) with effect from Sunday midnight.

The lockdown will continue till July 12.

No movement of vehicles except those involved in essential services for COVID-19 will be permitted in during the lockdown. All government offices, offices of autonomous/subordinate offices and private offices shall remain closed, according to the press statement. Along with that, all public transport services shall remain suspended as well.

The state government also stated that consumption and sale of liquor, paan, gutka, tobacco etc. in public places are prohibited.

Not more than 20 persons will be permitted in case of funerals, the official statement said.

All shops will remain closed except for milk, baby food, medicines. Water supply is allowed on specific areas and time.

However, “Defence, Central and state police forces, establishment of the district magistrate, commissioner of police, home guards, civil defence, fire & emergency services, disaster management, electricity…, sanitation, municipal bodies (only staff required for essential services like sanitation, water supply etc.) will be allowed to function,” the government said in a statement.

“Only 10% of bank branches in the Guwahati district with skeletal attendance and ATMs shall operate. Highest Authority of the ranks shall determine the specific branches and give wide publicity of open bank branches,” the statement mentioned.

Meanwhile, the state’s total number of positive case has jumped to 7,165 with report of 246 fresh positive cases.

The state health department has tested a total of 3,85,299 till Sunday, a report of national Health Mission (NHM) said.

A total of 1,29,455 people have been placed under home quarantine while the people under institutional quarantine are 26,534.

A commanding officer of 8th APBN at Abhayapuri and 30 other police personnel have tested positive for COVID-19, said additional director general of police (ADGP) GP Singh on Twitter.

“A SP rank officer of @assampolice and 30 other ranks have tested Covid positive. They are all in good health. We wish them an early and full recovery. We rededicate ourselves to the service of the people of Assam,” Singh said.

Five more health workers tested positive in Hojai district. They were engaged in Lanka Primary Health Centre. They have no travel history.

Hojai district administration has declared the health centre as containment zone till further order.

Three positive cases were reported from Daboka. All of them were working in a petrol pump at Modertuli in Daboka. They have been shifted to Jugijaan COVID-19 Hospital.

In Biswanath district, three more cases of COVID-19 positive have been reported from Jamugurihat on Sunday.

The positive patients have been identified as Sunita Devi (20), Chunu Das (20) and Kamalesh Kumar (20). The swab samples of the three was collected in the Zonal Health Screening Centre of Tezpur University on June 25 when they reached from Siliguri.

Since then, they have been placed under institutional quarentine at Tyag Bir Hem Baruah College, Jamugurihat. The trio has been shifted to COVID care Hospital of Paruwa, Tezpur on Sunday.

In Hailakandi district, the tally of COVID-19 positive cases has risen to 267, including two deaths.

Health authorities here revealed on Sunday that Dilwar Hussain (21), Anwar Hussain Choudhury(24),

Imran Hussain Laskar (20), Masumuddin Barbhuiya (19) and Lutfur Hussain Choudhury (20), all under institutional quarantine facility have turned out to be positive.

Of the five infected persons reported on Friday, four were under institutional quarantine facility at AK High Madrassa and one at PK Girls’ quarantine centre.

166 patients have been discharged from civil hospital in Hailakandi, SMC&H, Silchar and Gauhati Medical College and Hospital. There are currently 96 active cases.

Two COVID-19 positive patients viz., Mangoli Rani Das, 53, and Foijul Haque Barbhuiya, 65, breathed their last at SMC&H.

27 COVID-19 patients are admitted at SK Roy Designated COVID-19 Civil Hospital, 25 at MG Model Hospital, 13 at SMC&H, 33 at Algapur Model Hospital and one at GMC&H.

Of the 7,554 swab samples taken so far, 6,025 turned out to be negative, as per health bulletin released on Sunday evening. 1,529 swab results are awaited. Altogether 1,168 persons are under facility quarantine centre and 3,617 under home quarantine.

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