Northeast India now crossed 80 COVID cases as one more tested positive in Assam

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The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Northeast India has now crossed 80 as one more tested positive in Assam on Tuesday, according to health services.

Assam on Tuesday reported one more COVID-19 case after a person from Goalpara tested positive for the virus, taking the number of coronavirus cases in the state to 43. The state now has 10 COVID-19 active cases.

Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter and said, “One person from Goalpara has tested positive for #COVID19. Since the person is under containment zone, there is no need to fear.”

No new cases, except from Assam and Tripura, have been reported in other northeastern states in the last 24 hours.

In Northeast, according to the Union Health Ministry, Assam with 43 cases has reported the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases, including 32 recovered cases and one death. The state had reported its first case on March 31.

Tripura and Meghalaya have reported 29 and 12 COVID-19 cases respectively. While Tripura has 27 active cases and two recovered cases, Meghalaya has 11 active cases and reported one death.

The first COVID-19 positive patient in Meghalaya, a 69-year-old doctor, succumbed to the deadly virus on April 15, taking the coronavirus death toll in the Northeast region to two. The first death case due to the illness in the region was reported from Assam on April 10.

On April 27, Union Minister of State (Independent Charge) Development of North Eastern Region (DoNER) Jitendra Singh, while speaking to mediapersons after a review meeting through video conference, said that five out of eight Northeast states are coronavirus free.

“Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Tripura are totally coronavirus free, while Assam, Meghalaya and Mizoram had eight, 11 and one COVID-19 positive cases respectively, while no new cases were added April 26,” the DoNER minister, who is also MoS PMO, Personnel, Public Grievances, Pensions, Atomic Energy and Space, had said.

However, on Monday, Tripura became the second state to report most COVID-19 cases in the Northeastern region, more than a week after Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb declared the state corona free.

“I thank all the frontline Warriors for making our State Corona free. The fight is not over yet. I urge everyone to follow the Government guidelines,” the CM tweeted after its two COVID-19 patients recovered.

On Monday, 25 jawans and two children of the 138th BSF unit, Ambassa tested positive taking the total number of cases in the state to 29.

With the new cases being reported in Tripura, only four states- Sikkim, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, and Manipur, are now coronavirus free.

The first COVID-19 case in Northeast was reported from Manipur on March 24, after a 23-year-old girl with a travel history to UK tested positive for the virus.

Coronavirus in Northeast as of Tuesday (As per Union Health Ministry): Total cases –  88

Assam- 43

Tripura- 29

Meghalaya- 12

Manipur- 2

Arunachal- 1

Mizoram-1

Nagaland- 0

Sikkim-0

Meanwhile, the total number of coronavirus in India rose to 46,433, including 12,727  recovered cases and 1,568 deaths on Tuesday. India has as many as 32,138 active cases, according to the Union Health Ministry.