Corona scenario worsens, 5 more deaths

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7-day home quarantine for people coming to Assam

HT Bureau

GUWAHATI, April 21: Corona scenario further worsened in the state with death of five more persons on Wednesday, an official report of the state health and family welfare department said here on Wednesday. With this the death toll in the pandemic has gone up to 1,150. One death case has been reported from Kamrup (Metro), 2 from Cachar, 1 from Barpeta and two cases have been reported from Dibrugarh district, the report said.

The state has reported 1,665 fresh Covid-19 positive cases, taking the total number of positive cases to 2,29,138, the report said. Of 62,107 tests done on Wednesday, 1,666 were detected to be Covid-19 positive. The positivity rate for the day was 2.68 percent. Of those fresh cases, 674 cases were detected in the Kamrup Metropolitan district. 42 fresh cases have been reported from Karbi Anglong, 125 from Kamrup Rural, 74 from Nagaon, 67 from Dibrugarh, 63 from Sonitpur, 53 from Tinsukia, 66 from Jorhat, 47 positive cases have been ported from Barpeta district.

Darrang district has recorded the first case of Covid death in the second wave of the pandemic. The victim has been identified as Abdul Mazid (76), a resident of No. 1 Dhansiri Kash village under Kharupetia Block PHC. However, health officials said that he was brought dead to Mangaldai Civil Hospital on Tuesday night and only the formalities in case of a Covid death were conducted here.

“The patient was brought dead and we carried out only the formalities for the Covid death. No test was done here”, said Dr Gopinath Bora, superintendent of Mangaldai Civil Hospital. Earlier he was taken to Tezpur Medical College & Hospital for treatment where he was tested Covid positive and on his way back to his home district he died midway.

In the light of the rising Covid-19 cases in the state, the Assam government has made a seven-day home quarantine mandatory for the people travelling to Assam. “In partial modification of earlier Standard Operating Procedures (SOP) for persons arriving in Assam, all passengers arriving by flights and trains from outside the state will have to undergo compulsorily home quarantine for seven days, even if the result of the Covid test undergone on arrival, is negative, a notification issued by principal secretary (health) Samir K Sinha said here on Wednesday. “However, government officials and those travelling due to medical reasons and family bereavement are exempted from this mandatory seven days home quarantine,” the notification said.

300 cases in Nagaon

As many as 73 people tested positive for Covid-19 on Wednesday, taking the total number of positive cases in the district to 300. 21 Covid-19 patients recovered from the infection, official sources here said. Of 73 people who tested positive, one was immediately admitted to hospital while the rest were put in home quarantine.

Covid-19 cases crosses 200-mark in Darrang

Covid-19 positive cases crossed the 200-mark in Darrang district with detection of 35 fresh cases on Wednesday. The total active cases were 168 out of which 128 patients were under treatment.

Covid tally of Biswanath

The Biswanath district administration has conducted 2085 RAT and RT-PCR tests in various places in the district. Out of these, only 12 positive cases have been detected with Covid-19 virus. With this, the total positive cases of Biswanath district has gone up to 49.

27 new cases in Sivasagar

A total of 27 new cases for Covid-19 were detected in Sivasagar district on Wednesday. There are 140 active positive cases in the district till Wednesday. A total 95 patients are under home isolation, 36 in Sivasagar Civil Hospital, 4 in Siu-Ka-Pha Hospital, 1 in Tengakhat MH, 1 in Urovision Hospital, Dibrugarh, 1 in ONGC, Sivasagar, 1 in AMCH, 1 in Sanjeevani, Dibrugarh. Seven patients were discharged on Wednesday.

6 fresh Covid cases in Hailakandi

Hailakandi reported six fresh Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, pushing the coronavirus tally in the district to 3,394. The district currently has 12 active Covid-19 cases while 3,359 patients have recovered from the disease. Three patients are presently undergoing treatment at SK Roy Civil Hospital, one at Silchar Medical College and Hospital and eight kept under home isolation. The district has so far tested 1,70,799 samples for Covid-19 including 549 samples in the last 24 hours. The district accounted for nine Covid deaths.




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