The patient tested positive for COVID-19 after his death

Tinsukia: A 72-year-year old man who died in Assam Medical College Hospital in Dibrugarh on Wednesday tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, making it the first death from the town and the second from upper Assam.

The deceased has been identified as Bhaben Gogoi, a resident of Kachupathar in Charaideo district.

Confirming the development, principal of AMCH HK Goswami said, “The elderly person was admitted in the Severe Acute Respiratory Infection (SARI) ward of AMCH yesterday [Wednesday].He complained of multiple critical diseases like comprehensive myelopathy, pneumonia, septic shock, electrolyte imbalance, etc.”

“As a precautionary measure, we take sample of all patients admitted to SARI ward. The patient succumbed six hours after he was admitted,” Goswami said, adding, “His swab sample tested positive today [Thursday] after his death.”

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Sources said that the district administration is arranging for his funeral as per COVID-19 protocol in Dibrugarh.

In the last 24 hours, Dibrugarh recorded eight fresh cases of COVID-19, all of them without any travel history.

The first batch of cases includes a hand cart-puller found in Chowkidingee bus stand sleeping in a veranda, a watchman of PG hostel at AMCH, a ward girl of AMCH, one from red cross road and 1 from Naharkatia town.

“The three case detected today include a mother-daughter duo, staying at a rented premises, from Graham Bazar area and a sales girl working at Westside in Dibrugarh town,” another source added.

In latest developments, the entire building of the shopping mall housing Westside at Khaliamari in Dibrugarh has been declared as containment zone. “Swab samples of all the staff of Westside will be collected,” source added.

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