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COVID-19 death toll in State touches 64

By Staff Reporter

GUWAHATI, July 21 - Six persons lost their lives due to COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the State�s death toll to 64. The deaths have been reported from Darrang (1), Dibrugarh (1), Kamrup (M) (2) and Kamrup (2).

Among those who succumbed to the virus are Rekha Dutta(63), Mona Das (51), Sister Florence (74), Mukiv Ali, Ramesh Ch Deka (67) and Bulin Begum (44).

Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Tuesday night tweeted that 1,680 new COVID-19 patients were detected in Assam during the day. Guwahati reported 570 cases, Jorhat 167 and Cachar 159. This took the total number of cases to 26,772, while the number of active cases stands at 8,672.

Sarma earlier said that despite some good news regarding COVID-19 vaccine, it might take another two-and-half months for the State to tide over the pandemic.

While urging the doctors and health workers to work with utmost zeal and dedication for the COVID-19 positive patients, the Minister said that the infected should be treated without any kind of prejudice or stigma in mind.

�COVID-19 is not a matter of fun and must be taken seriously. If we work with dedication, Assam will definitely emerge as the State with highest recovery rate and one of the lowest death rates in the country,� he said addressing health workers at the GMCH auditorium.

�The grievances and inhibitions that COVID-19 patients invariably carry during their stay at COVID centres must be dealt with patience,� the Minister said, adding , �Our primary duty is to save lives.�

Meanwhile, the Kamrup (Metro) district administration withdrew the containment zone tag from the Raj Bhavan campus. On July 4, the district administration declared the campus as containment zone after detecting COVID-19 positive cases among the Raj Bhavan staff.

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