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COVID-19: Woman dies; quarantined patient flees

By Correspondent

NORTH LAKHIMPUR, July 24 - Lakhimpur district recorded its first casualty due to COVID-19, as an elderly woman died of comorbid conditions. Hema Prabha Gogoi (67) from Milan Nagar locality of North Lakhimpur tested positive following her death in North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital. She was suffering from fever and respiratory problems.

Late at night, the district health department termed the death as �non-COVID death with COVID-19 positivity�. Hema Prabha Gogoi was suffering from cardiovascular disease and diabetes when admitted to hospital on Thursday in a very critical condition, and died of Acute Myocardial Infarction,� the health department said in a statement. The district administration declared Ward No.10, Milan Nagar as a containment zone.

Earlier, Dr Surajeet Baruah, a private practitioner, also tested positive. The number of patients reached 448 persons, following the single-day spike of 32 cases on Thursday. This number includes seven personnel from 13 APBn based in Lilabari.

Biswanath Chariali Correspondent adds: One Almin Sheikh, who tested positive, fled from the Biswanath College quarantine centre in the wee hours on Thursday on the pretext of attending to nature�s call. It came to light when a 108 ambulance arrived at the quarantine centre to take the affected person to hospital. Sheikh hailed from Murshidabad in West Bengal and stayed with two others in a rented house at Sootea to transport consumable goods to the nearby villages. On getting information, police reached the spot and started investigation.

ANN Service from Mirza adds: A total of 857 positive cases (cumulative) have been recorded in Kamrup district since the outbreak of the disease till Thursday. An official of the Kamrup district administration said 25,365 samples (cumulative) have been collected from various quarantine centres and 21,853 have tested negative. Results of 1,891 cases are pending. On Thursday, 515 samples were collected, of which 40 tested positive. Sources said that nearly all of the positive cases admitted in hospitals in Kamrup district have been found asymptomatic. There are 140 active containment zones in Kamrup district and 79 positive cases have been detected from the containment zones till July 23.

Doomdooma Correspondent adds: With the detection of 9 more cases on Thursday, the total COVID-19 positive cases in Tinsukia district reached 679. On the other hand, 26 patients were released and with this, the total number of discharged patients rose to 437. Among the nine cases, three are from Tinsukia town, one each from Jagun and Margherita, two from Doomdooma PS, one from Tinsukia PS and one from the Tinsukia District Jail. The Doomdooma Branch of Assam Tea Tribes Students� Association (ATTSA) has demanded the administration to declare the Personal Product Factory of Hindustan Unilever Ltd (HUL) as a containment zone after an officer and an employee were found positive.

ANN Service from Gossaigaon adds: Till Thursday, the number of positive cases in Gossaigaon reached 43. All the four municipal board areas have been declared as containment zones, and have been barricaded with bamboos by the administration. Meanwhile, the people of Dalgaon came out of their houses and protested against the civil administration, saying they have not received drinking water and ration and have been confined in their homes due to the lockdown.

Udalguri Correspondent adds: The graph of infected persons went upward on Thursday with 29 more infected persons, including 13 SSB jawans, four policemen and five females of whom two are below 10 years. The total number of infected persons in Udalguri district rose to 329, of whom 250 have been discharged.

ANN Service from Jalah adds: After 10 new cases in Baksa district, the total number of infected persons on Thursday rose to 310, of which 234 persons have been discharged. Two persons have died in the district so far. The district health bulletin informed that 19 persons of a family were detected as positive at Murmela village under Barama revenue circle. Two members � Utpal Halai and Tapan Halai � were working at the FAAMCH, Barpeta.

Mangaldai Correspondent adds: Minister of State for Health Pijush Hazarika has expressed concern over the shortage of beds for COVID patients in Darrang district. �We should increase the number of beds to 1,000 to deal with asymptomatic cases. To treat symptomatic patients, the present strength of 180 beds in different hospitals as a whole also needs to be increased,� the minister told the media after opening a temporary COVID Care Centre at Kendriya Vidyalaya, Mangaldai on Thursday. The ceremony was attended by BJP MLAs Gurujyoti Das and Binanda Kumar Saikia, Deputy Commissioner Dilip Kumar Borah and Joint Director of Health Services Dr Ruplal Nunisa.

Kokrajhar Correspondent adds: The Kokrajhar Deputy Commissioner�s office was declared a containment zone on Friday after Grade IV employee Lalit Chandra Sarkar and guard Hassan Ahmed were found positive, district disaster management officials informed. It may be mentioned here that 41 more confirmed cases have been reported in Kokrajhar district on Thursday. With this, the total cases has increased to 341, official sources said.

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