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Guwahati: Deepika Nath, a 16-year-old girl from Lokhra in Guwahati, was found positive for COVID-19 after her death on Thursday, confirmed Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma. With this, the death toll in the state has increased to two among the 53 positive cases of COVID-19 reported so far.

Addressing a press meet in Guwahati on Friday, the minister said that on April 27, the girl complained of a leg pain and fever, after which she had gone to ESI Hospital in Beltola for treatment.

After that, she along with her younger sister shifted to their grandmother’s place, in the staff quarters of Dr B Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI), thinking to avail of better treatment.

On Thursday, she again complained of leg ache and in the evening she started puking after which she passed away. Knowing her symptoms, Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) directed BBCI to conduct COVID-19 test, in which the deceased was found positive.

Following this, the BBCI staff quarters has been declared as a containment zone. Her contacts are being traced at her residence in Lokhra, BBCI staff quarters and ESI Hospital, Beltola, and they will be tested for the coronavirus.

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