Assam has recorded its first death related to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Thursday night.
The deceased was identified as Faijul Haque Barbhuyan of Hailakandi. He took his last breath at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH). The person was in quarantine after he was detected positive on April 7th, 2020. On Thursday he was shifted to the ICU in SMCH after his health started to deteriorate.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on his official Twitter handle wrote, “With utmost Grief and sorrow, I would like to inform that Sri Faijul Haque Barbhyan, 65, Hailakandi District has expired few minutes back in SMCH due to complication of COVID19 infection. My deep condolences and prayers for the bereaved family.” (sic)
He was the 28th confirmed reported case in Assam. The 65-year-old man has a travel history of visiting Saudi Arabia for attaining Umrah Hajj but the source location of his infection is yet to be known. He was a resident of the Borjurai Village in Hailakandi.
The Hailakandi district administration had earlier declared the Borjurai Village in Hailkandi as a containment zone to prevent further spread of the virus.
In an order issued by Deputy Commissioner, Keerthi Jalli, under the Assam COVID-19 Containment Regulation, 2020, the village where the COVID-19 infected person resided has been sealed with strict perimeter control enforced in the containment zone demarcating clear entry and exit points.
“The containment measures will shut down everything barring essential services,” the order stated.
Himanta Biswa Sarma said that present there are 28 confirmed active cases in Assam and among them, around 4 to 5 patients might be released by Saturday as they have recovered.
So far there are 29 confirmed cases in Assam with several 100s still in quarantine.
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