Tinsukia: In a piece of heart-breaking news, a 29-day-old girl who tested positive for COVID-19 died at the Assam Medical College and Hospital in Dibrugarh on Sunday, two days after she was admitted.

Confirming the development, AMCH superintendent Prasanta Dihingia said the infant was suffering from sepsis when she was brought to the AMCH on July 9. “She tested positive in the COVID test and was admitted to the COVID Intensive Care Unit (ICU),” he told EastMojo.

“The girl child, hailing from Chabua in Dibrugarh district, passed away this morning,” Dihingia said, adding, “The death is due to neonatal sepsis and falls under the category of death due to co-morbidities. Incidentally, the COVID RT-PCR test was positive, which is routinely done in all admitted cases who are critically ill.”

This development comes at a time when Assam has reported 34 minors succumbing to COVID-19 between April and June. Around 34,000 minors have tested COVID-19 positive during the same period, prompting state health minister Keshab Mahanta to announce steps like setting up COVID-specific pediatric ICUs in all medical colleges in the state to address the high infection rate among children.

The AMCH is treating almost over a dozen minors for COVID-19 of which about half are below the age of 5, Dihingia said. “The 40-bedded COVID-specific pediatric ICU is in final stages and will be likely open for services in ten days,” he added.

According to the National Health Mission (Assam), of the 34,606 children and teenagers who tested positive for COVID-19 between April and June 26, 5,755 children were below 5. On Saturday, Assam reported 2,391 fresh cases of COVID-19 with a positivity rate of 1.79 per cent, while 24 patients succumbed to the virus.

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