Nos. of COVID case detections in Assam rise to 8 in a single day, total case 53

Guwahati, May 7, 2020  Four people in Guwahati city, the commercial hub of Northeast India, have tested positive for the coronavirus. With this, the number of detections in Assam in a single day has risen to 8 and the tally of cases has risen to 53.

Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma who tweeted out about the development said that one of the infected persons has come from outside Assam, and is in home quarantine, while 3 are from Guwahati city itself.

Moments earlier, the Minister had informed that 4 cases had been detected, taking the tally to 49.

Sarma shared that they had taken the same bus in which the Cachar patient who was detected recently had travelled.

Meanwhile,  34 coronavirus patients have been cured and discharged in Assam, and the recovery rate is 75.56% — far higher than the national and international recovery rates.

One person (from Hailakandi) has died so far.

In a positive development, Biswa Sarma said that the first patient, who is also suffering from Cancer, has been released after a prolonged battle with the COVID-19. “He was tested more than 20 times, and each time he tested positive. However, we chose to release him after he tested negative twice”, Sarma said.

Meanwhile, the number of accredited labs in the state has risen to seven, and the DRDO Tezpur and Diphu Medical College will soon be turned into accredited labs, shared Sarma.

Sarma, meanwhile, has said that people will be charged a fine of Rs 500 for not wearing masks out in public. “If they are caught not wearing the mask or even dangling it on their necks, the authorities will charge a fine of Rs 500”, Sarma said, adding that legal action shall be taken against the violators under the provisions of the Epidemic Disease Act.