DOOMDOOMA, July 18 - A COVID-19 positive person named Nitai Deb from Makum in Tinsukia district having a history of cancer died at Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH), Dibrugarh, on Saturday afternoon.
On the other hand, one Abul Hasan of Sadiya died at Chapakhowa on Saturday. According to an official source, the reason behind his death was a heart attack. However, the rapid antigen test was done after his death which tested positive for the COVID-19.
Tinsukia district since Friday has recorded 76 new COVID-19 cases. This includes the joint director of health services of the district, 24 police personnel, and a journalist and his wife.
Tinsukia�s Joint Director of Health Services Dr Altaf Ahmed has been tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. He was admitted in the isolation ward of Mohkhooli Model Hospital, Tinsukia.
On the other hand, out of the 24 COVID-19 positive police personnel, 22 were engaged in Makum Police Station, while the rest two were from Doomdooma Police Station. They were shifted to LGB Civil Hospital, Tinsukia.
A local journalist of a vernacular daily from Kakopothar and his wife also tested positive for the COVID-19. The wife is a health worker.
Meanwhile, panic stuck among the people of Beesakopie Tea Estate here when a temporary labourer of the garden and a resident of Line No-2, having a history of TB, tested positive. Another 65-year-old woman, a resident of Doomdooma town, also tested positive for the virus.
Out of the 76 fresh cases detected in the district, 65 contracted the disease from the community while the rest two were migrants. With this, the total number of positive cases in the district has reached 532.
Meanwhile, due to the rapid increase of positive cases in Tinsukia district, the district administration has been considering the matter of imposing total lockdown in the district. Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia Bhaskar Pegu informed that he had received suggestions from public for the total lockdown in the district to contain the spread of the virus and he had sought necessary permissions from the higher authorities.