Tinsukia: Altogether 182 more persons, including principal of Assam Medical College and Hospital (AMCH) Hiranya Goswami tested positive for COVID-19 in Dibrugarh district on Saturday, taking the total tally in this upper Assam district to 1,913. This is the largest single-day surge in the district so far.
Confirming the development, deputy commissioner of Dibrugarh Pallav Gopal Jha said that the principal of AMCH tested positive for COVID-19.
According to sources, the principal is asymptomatic and is in home isolation. “As part of contact tracing after his driver tested positive for the infection, the principal was tested negative in Rapid Antigen test and then his swab sample was collected for Covid-19 in which his sample tested positive,” the sources added.
Sources said that out of 74 cases, four cases have been detected in AMCH campus and one in Lahowal-based Regional Medical Research Centre. “The other areas from where cases have been detected include Graham Bazar, West Milan Nagar, Milan Nagar, Paltan Bazar, Kalibari Railway Colony, Chowkidinghee, Amolapatty among other areas in Dibrugarh town,” the sources added.
“Few cases are from Duliajan, Khowang, Chabua, Natun Gaon among other places in the district,” they said.
Three persons from security forces, including two soldiers from Joypur army camp and one personnel of CRPF from Duliajan camp, are also among the positive cases, added the sources.
Meanwhile, in neighbouring Tinsukia district, 120 fresh cases of COVID-19 have been detected, taking the total tally to 1,627.
According to sources, two persons succumbed to COVID-19 in Tinsukia town raising the death toll to 14 in the district. “On Sunday, a 62-year old lady from Hijuguri Over-bridge in the town died while a day before a 60-year old person from Parbotia locality in the town died due to COVID-19,” the sources said.
He was admitted to AMCH in Dibrugarh after he tested positive, a source said.
In Jorhat district, 134 fresh cases of COVID19 were detected on Saturday.
According to sources, 128 cases are community level cases without any travel history. “21 cases are from Mariani,” the sources added.