The 3 members include Pradip Timung, additional director of health; Sourav Senpati, deputy secretary of health; and Abhijeet Sarma, superintendent of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH)

Guwahati: Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday announced that three of his core members from the department have tested positive for COVID-19 so far.

This happened within a week, said Sarma. The members include Pradip Timung, additional director of health; Sourav Senpati, deputy secretary of health; and Abhijeet Sarma, superintendent of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH).

Meanwhile, Sarma is now receiving plasma therapy, the minister added.

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The minister took to Twitter to announce the development, “In last one week, three members of our core team – Pradip Timung, Addl Director Health, Sourav Senapati, Dy Secy Health and Dr Abhijeet Sarma, Supdt, GMCH have tested positive for #COVID. Dr Sarma also received #PlasmaTherapy. I wish a speedy recovery to all three. Best wishes.”28,79`

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Meanwhile, Assam has registered 28,791 COVID-19 cases so far, including 9,378 active cases. Just on Friday, the health minister tweeted that six more patients have succumbed to the coronavirus. These include three from Kamrup Metro, two from Karimganj, and one from Nalbari.

“Six more #COVID patients, Sri Abdul Halim Laskar (75) & Smt Alekjan Bibi (55) from Karimganj; Sri Sarafuddin Ahmed (54) from Nalbari; Smt Parvati Das (85), Sri Prafulla Sharma (60) & Sri Saroj Kr Majumdar (78) from Kamrup Metro succumbed to their infections today. Condolences!” tweeted Sarma.

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