Assam minister Himanta Biswa Sarma during the release of the 2 COVID-19 patients at Sonapur Civil Hospital (left); Sarma at Guwahati Airport receiving the consignment of PPE kits from China

Guwahati: Amid the gloom of COVID-19 related deaths, lockdowns and restrictions, there’s some good news. Two patients were discharged from Sonapur Civil Hospital in Assam on Wednesday after they testsed negative as per ICMR protocols. They were released and sent on 14-day home quarantine.

Informing this, health and family welfare minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Twitter said, “In midst of gloom, today we wish to cheer!

Two #Covid patients Nuruddin & Jonab Ali, treated at Sonapur Civil Hospital, and were successively tested negative twice as per

@ICMRDELHI protocols, are being discharged. They’re being sent for a 14-day home quarantine.”

Meanwhile, Assam received a cargo of 50,000 PPE kits from China, calling for a double reason to celebrate.

In a subsequent tweet, Sarma said, “Another BIG reason to cheer!

Keeping life first as the motive, we’re glad to have imported 50,000 PPE kits from Guangzhou,China. I am happy to receive this special flight along with @Pijush_hazarika at #Guwahati airport just now. A big reassurance for our doctors & nurses.”

With these kits, Assam will have a stock of 1.5 lakh PPE kits, said the minister.

Earlier, during a press conference, Sarma had said that Assam has decided to cap its PPE kit stock to 2,00,000. It will purchase further kits on the basis of the number of kits utilised.

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