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COVID-19 cases rise to 3,285 in State

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, June 10 - Two hundred and thirty-five fresh coronavirus cases were reported on Wednesday, as the State�s COVID-19 tally went up to 3,285. Two doctors and three other health workers were among the new cases.

Also, COVID-19 claimed the sixth victim in the State as a cancer patient who had returned from Mumbai died at Tezpur.

A doctor and three health personnel working at a covid hospital in Lakhimpur and another doctor serving at an isolation ward in Goalpara have tested positive for the virus.

Meanwhile, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma today said at least 13 positive cases have been reported from the community in Guwahati which was a �matter of worry�.

�We are particularly looking at two areas � Panbazar-Harisabha and the godowns in Fatasil area. We have been getting cases from these areas. In the Panbazar area, we got three cases within a radius of 100 metres,� Sarma said, indicating that the two areas will �have to be isolated�.

�The department is closely looking at the cases. We will have to take strict containment measures in these areas for some days. We will also have to collect more samples in these places,� the Health Minister, who visited three containment zones in the city during the day, said.

There are over 35 containment zones in the city as on date.

Sarma today reviewed the preparedness with the staff of GMCH. �Three months have already gone. Initially, there was fear... Today, I asked the heads of departments to study the best medical practices and go to the next level. Even as we get more COVID patients, we will also have to treat other patients,� he said.

�The doctors will have to adapt to this keeping themselves safe. What if covid continues for more than a year,� he said.

On the reshuffle effected at the medical colleges yesterday, Sarma said the move was taken following a report by the Principal Secretary (Health) who reviewed the functioning of GMCH.

�These are testing times and we will have to be extremely alert� which is why the move was taken,� he said.

Besides transferring the Principal and Superintendent of GMCH, the Head of Medicine department was also placed under suspension by the government.

Meanwhile, 152 cured patients were discharged during the day.

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