COVID-19 positive cases rise in NE

Itanagar/ Shillong/Guwahati, Jun 1 (Correspondent) | Publish Date: 6/1/2020 2:17:38 PM IST

In the highest single-day spike of novel coronavirus cases in Arunachal Pradesh, 16 people tested positive for the infection on Monday, a senior government official said.

With this, the current active case count in the state has risen to 19.

The fresh cases include a 26-year-old student who had returned to the state from Chennai in a Shramik Special train on May 23.

Another student who had returned from Delhi and 14 others who reached here from Haryana in a Shramik Special train also tested positive for COVID-19, Health Secretary P Parthiban said.

All the 16 persons infected with the virus are asymptomatic. They have been moved from institutional quarantine to COVID care centre immediately after their test results were found to be positive, the health secretary said. Taking to Twitter on Monday, Chief Minister Pema Khandu said, “Rise in Positive #Covid19, 15 more positive cases detected, all are in quarantine facilities being shifted to Covid Care Centre. Total Positive Active as of now is 19.”

In Meghalaya, a returnee from Uttarakhand tested positive for Novel Coronavirus on Monday, taking the State’s tally to 15 active cases, a health official said.

On the other hand, Deputy Chief Minister Prestone Tynsong maintained that there is community transmission in Meghalaya so far and further said the new cases new cases are of the returnees.

The 23-year-old woman, a resident of South West Garo Hills district, was tested positive in the RT-PCR test for the virus, Director Health Services Dr. Aman War said.

“She was found to be asymptomatic and did not display any symptoms of the disease when the test was carried out,” he informed.

War said the patient will be shifted to Corona Care Centre in Ampati, the district headquarters of South West Garo Hills.

With this detection, Meghalaya has so far recorded 28 cases, out of which, 15 are active, 12 have fully recovered while one had died on April 15.

Meanwhile, fifty-one more people tested positive for the novel coronavirus in Assam on Monday, taking the number of COVID-19 cases in the state to 1,390, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Of the new patients, 14 are from Dibrugarh, 11 from Barpeta, five each from Udalguri and Charaideo, four from Dhemaji, three each from Tinsukia, Dhubri and Darrang, and one each from Sonitpur, Sivasagar and Nagaon, Sarma said in a series of tweets.

Of the 1,390 cases, 1,106 are active, 277 patients have recovered while four have died and three have migrated out of Assam, he said.

As many as 92 patients were discharged from various hospitals during the day after they recovered from COVID-19, Sarma said.

Of the 92 patients, 68 were discharged from two hospitals in Guwahati, 13 from Tezpur, seven from Jorhat, two from Barpeta and one each from Silchar and Dibrugarh, he added.

A total of 1,09,097 samples were tested for COVID-19 so far, the Health department had said on Sunday night.

Manipur also reported seven more new positive cases during the last 24 hours, taking the tally of COVID-19 cases in the state to 78, official said on Monday.

Of the seven new cases, four were tested at the VRDL of JNIMS while three at VRDL of RIMS, Imphal, a release of the COVID-19 Common Control Room stated.

Of the four cases confirmed at the VRDL, JNIMS, two returned from Chennai and are residents of Senapati district while the other two returned who returned from Uttar Pradesh are from Bishnupur district. 

The three cases confirmed at the VRDL, RIMS were from Thoubal district, the release added.



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