The total number of coronavirus cases in Assam stands at 29

Guwahati: COVID-19 claimed its first life in Northeast India with a 65-year-old man from Hailakandi passing away at Silchar Medical College & Hospital in Assam.

The deceased, Faijul Haque Barbhyan, had a travel history to Saudi Arabia. He had tested positive for COVID-19 on April 7.

Announcing this, Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter early on Friday morning. “With utmost Grief and sorrow,I would like to inform that Sri Faijul Haque Barbhyan,(65)Hailakandi District has expired few minutes back in SMCH due to complication of COVID19 http://infection.My deep condolences and prayers for the bereaved family,” he tweeted.

Just a few hours earlier on Thursday evening, Assam recorded its 29th COVID-19 case, taking the total number of confirmed cases in Northeast India to 34. Announcing this, minister Sarma had tweeted: “Alert ~ A person from Dhubri, who was in contact with the first patient (with Markaz linkage) from the same district, has been confirmed as #COVID19 positive. The total number of #Covid patients in #Assam now stands at 29.”

Apart from Assam, Manipur has two COVID-19 cases and Tripura, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram have one each.

In Manipur, a 23-year-old woman who tested positive for COVID-19 last month, becoming the first patient in the Northeast India, has recovered. The woman who had a travel history to the UK is completely free from the deadly virus, state health and family welfare minister L Jayantakumar Singh had said on Monday, after the final test report came in as negative. She was admitted to the isolation ward of JNIMS in Imphal on March 23.

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