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Most Covid-19 patients in Assam fine, to be discharged soon

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By NS Desk 13-Apr-2020

Guwahati, April 13 (IANS) Most of the 30 Covid-19 patients in Assam are recovering and their discharge from hospitals is expected to start on Wednesday.

"Most patients, earlier infected by nCoV, are either stable or good. If everything remains fine, their discharge is likely to start from April 15," said Assam Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, here on Monday.

Addressing the media, he said, "Of the 3,209 swab samples collected, 3,070 were found negative. Of the 1,421 samples of Tablighi Jamaat meet participants, 29 tested positive and 1,358 negative. Test report of 34 samples are awaited."

Two more coronavirus cases - a 35-year-old man from Assam and a 33-year-old man from Nagaland -- were reported in Assam on Monday.

The Minister said a person from Dhubri (western Assam), linked with the Tablighi Jamaat meet at Nizamuddin Markaz (in Delhi), has been found coronavirus positive.

A private hospital in Dimapur (Nagaland) referred a patient to the GMCH (Guwahati Medical College and Hospital). He tested positive and was undergoing treatment at the GMCH, he said.

The man from Nagaland had travelled from Kolkata to Dimapur on March 24 and when he developed symptoms of nCoV, he was shifted to GMCH on April 5.

Of the 37 positive cases in five northeastern states -- Assam (31), Manipur (2), Tripura (2), Mizoram (1) and Arunachal Pradesh (1) -- 30 had attended the Jamaat meet.

According to the Assam Minister, the state reported its first coronavirus death in Hailakandi district on April 10. The Covid-19 death in Assam was also the first in the northeast.

In Manipur, a 23-year-old woman, who had returned from the United Kingdom last month and become the first Covid-19 case in the northeast, has been declared negative and discharged from the hospital on Sunday.

--IANS

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