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Many cops, health workers infected with COVID-19; MLA�s son tests positive

By Staff Correspondent

JORHAT, July 17 - As many as 54 health workers and 18 policemen of Jorhat district have been found positive for COVID-19, as there has been a sharp rise in cases without travel history.

Among 605 positive patients found since early May, 286 were without travel history till July 16, as per official data. During July 1-9, the number of cases without travel history was 63, but the figure jumped to 209 on July 15 and then to 286 on July 16. On Thursday, 92 people tested positive and 77 among them did not have travel history.

Expressing concern over the present health scenario in view of the spike in cases in recent days, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati said the district administration extended the lockdown in JMB areas from July 16 and also brought 11 suburban areas under the lockdown to contain the spread of the virus.

Banks, milk booths: The Jorhat District Magistrate has allowed 35 bank branches to function with 50 per cent staff on notified days of the week. The order allotted three days each to the banks placed in two groups. One group will function on Monday, Wednesday and Friday, while the other group will operate on Tuesday, Thursday and working Saturday. The District Magistrate by an another order has allowed 12 milk booths across Jorhat town and suburban areas to open from 5 am to 11 am.

Doomdooma Correspondent adds: Dr Pradeep Kumar Sarma (75), a renowned physician of Tinsukia, breathed his last at AMCH, Dibrugarh on Wednesday. He had mild fever in the past couple of days and developed breathing problems, following which he was shifted to AMCH on Tuesday.

Though he tested positive for COVID-19, and was a patient of leukaemia, he died of cardiac arrest. His mortal remains were brought to Tinsukia from AMCH and he was cremated as per COVID-19 protocol in presence of Tinsukia MLA and Minister of State for Labour Sanjay Kishan, Tinsukia Deputy Commissioner and other health officials. Meanwhile, his death created panic among patients who had visited him for medical consultation both at his chamber at Rongagora Road and at his residence at Gelapukhuri Road of Tinsukia town.

Gauripur Correspondent adds: Sambhu Baruah (63), a retired employee of Dhubri Civil Hospital and a resident of Gauripur Ward No.2, and his wife Purnima Baruah (59), an employee of the Irrigation department, were found COVID-19 positive on Thursday evening. They were sent to Dhubri Civil Hospital for treatment. They do not have any travel history, and this led to panic in the area. The number of positive cases at Gauripur rose to 13 till the filing of this report.

ANN Service from Sonari adds: Karanjyoti Handique, son of MLA Nabanita Handidue, his driver Kartick Bora and office assistant Jisu Paul were found COVID-19 positive and were admitted at Sonari Subdivisional Civil Hospital late on Thursday night.

The total number of positive cases rose to 108 in Charaideo district. Jisu and Kartick attended the funeral of Aswini Chetia at Sivasagar last week. However, others who attended the funeral including MP Topon Kumar Gogoi and local MLA Nabanita Handique, tested negative.

Joint Director of Health Services (Charaideo) Dr Nizora Devi said on Friday that out of the 108 positive cases, 35 were active cases, with 31 of them undergoing treatment at Sonari Subdivisional Civil Hospital and the rest at AMCH, Dibrugarh and Sivasagar district civil hospital. A toal of 73 patients of Charaideo district have been released so far.

Udalguri Correspondent adds: Six persons of a family, including three females, tested positive for COVID-19 near the Udalguri Police Station in Udalguri town.

Tapash Paul of the family tested positive a few days ago and was discharged from hospital on Wednesday. Of the six infected, there is a 12-year-old boy. The health department declared the residence as a containment zone and the family members were rushed to the nearby civil hospital. As many as 216 persons have been discharged till date in Udalguri.

COVID warriors help pregnant Adivasi woman: Amid the ongoing fight against COVID-19, health workers at Mazbat in Udalguri district saved a COVID-19 positive pregnant Adivasi woman from collapsing.

Tarshila Kandulna (26), who was eight-months pregnant, arrived at Mazbat from Gurgaon in Delhi-NCR on July 4, and was on her way home to Gossenpur forest village, a remote area along the Assam-Arunachal Pradesh border. She was escorted by police to the Mazbat mini-PHC as per health protocol, said NHM employee Pankaj Sabhapandit.

Health workers facilitated special quarantine for her as she was pregnant, and sent her swab sample for test. The woman tested positive for COVID-19 on July 6 and she was taken to the Udalguri civil hospital for treatment.

The woman later tested negative on July 14 after treatment and was discharged. Health workers again escorted her to her home at Gossenpur forest village and declared her residence as a containment zone till further orders. Officials said the pregnant woman was now in sound health.

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