As per government of India norms, the patients will be released only after completing 14 days of isolation Credit: Representational image

Guwahati: Sharing some hopeful news after the report of first COVID-19 death in Assam cast a pall of gloom, health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday informed that five infected patients from the state have now tested negative for coronavirus.

Guwahati’s first COVID-19 case, Manish Tibrewal, has tested negative for the virus twice, said the minister. However, as per government of India norms, an infected person has to be kept in isolation for at least 14 days. Hence, Tibrewal, who tested positive on April 2, will be released only on April 16.

Meanwhile, in Golaghat, three patients have tested negative for the deadly virus. Also, one patient admitted at MMCH in Guwahati has also tested negative. But they will have to complete 14 days of isolation and only then can be released.

Assam has so far reported 29 positive cases, including one death.

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