GUWAHATI: Assam reported 14 more deaths due to coronavirus, taking the overall toll to 274, while 2,179 new infections pushed the total cases to 96,771. This is the highest single-day spike of COVID related deaths the state has witnessed.
Of the 14 deaths, two each were reported from Karimganj, Cachar and Nalbari, and one each from Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Dhuburi, Nagaon, Golaghat, Hojai and Kamrup Metropolitan district.
State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took twitter to update the cases, he wrote “Very sad and anguished to inform that 14 more COVID19 positive patients have succumbed to the disease. My condolences to bereaved family and friends.”
Of the new 2,179 COVID-19 positive cases, 531 are from Kamrup Metropolitan, 152 from Dibrugarh, 136 from Cachar, 134 from Jorhat and 122 from Kamrup Rural district among others.
The new cases were reported out of 36,225 tests conducted since Tuesday and the total number of tests done so far in the state is 20,71,441. Assam’s positivity rate stands at 6.01%.
Out of the total 96,771 positive cases, 274 have died, 21,680 are active cases while 74,814 have been discharged.
Former chief minister Tarun Gogoi, who tested COVID-19 positive, was admitted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) on Wednesday and a nine-member committee of doctors has been constituted to monitor his health status.
The three-time Congress chief minister had tweeted on Wednesday morning that he has tested positive and had urged all those who came in contact with him to get tested.
Gogoi, who represents Titabor assembly constituency in Jorhat district, is the third Congress MLA to have tested positive.