GUWAHATI, April 19 - Five more COVID-19 patients were released from hospitals today, bringing down the number of active cases in the State to 16.
Four patients were released from MMCH in Guwahati, one of whom is a resident of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh. The patients discharged from MMCH are Md Shahrukh, Mafizuddin, Zamila Khatun and Md Asraf Ali.
Spanish Garden resident Manish Tibrewal was also discharged from GMCH during the day. But as Spanish Garden is a �containment zone�, he will not be able to go to the complex. Instead, he will be lodged at a cabin at GMCH and he may shift to a hotel room if he wished.
All the discharged patients will be under observation for fourteen days. �All these patients have tested negative in four successive tests done on separate days as per protocol,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
�There were no complication in the chest X-rays and their blood samples were also normal,� he added.
Two more patients � one at North Lakhimpur and another at Sonapur Civil Hospital � are also likely to be discharged tomorrow.
The minister said that after the fourteen-day isolation, health officials will screen the residents in the containment zones. �Tests will be conducted on the people who came into contact with the positive cases. The DC will also submit a report, following which a medical panel will take a call on lifting the �containment zone� tag from a place,� the minister added.