Guwahati: Assam registered its first asymptomatic COIVD 19 patient’s death on Friday as the COVID 19 death toll in the state has jumped to 35 with at least eight more deaths since Thursday night.
The state has seen a sudden spat of numbers of COVID 19 deaths recently.
State’s health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, “Hareswar Nath, 53 years old, a non-symptomatic patient with no co morbidities succumbed to COVID 19 at IITG COVID care centre. His oxygen levels plummeted to 90 within hours and he collapsed.”
Nath, a 16 India Reserve Battalion (IRBn) Havidar, tested positive for Coronavirus on July 7 and was undergoing treatment at the IITG COVID care centre.
He was also the first policeman in the state to have died of COVID19 issues.
The death of the policeman with no COVID 19 symptoms came at a time when Union Health ministry recently revised home isolation guidelines and included asymptomatic positive patients in the list of mild or pre-symptomatic coronavirus infection cases.
It allowed an asymptomatic patient to opt for home isolation if certain criteria are fulfilled. But, immuno compromised patients (included HIV, transplant recipients, cancer therapy) were not eligible for home isolation.
In Assam, the health department has not yet allowed asymptomatic patients to choose home isolation yet. The asymptomatic patients are being treated in COVID care centers.
Besides Nath, the four other deceased were identified as Rakhal Deb (42), Ramesh Kayastha (68), Sukhamay Bhowmik (72) and Arahi Baruah Saikia (70). They were all admitted at Guwahati Medical College Hosptial (GMCH) ICU.
Three others -Ashok Jain (63) ,Vinod Kumar (47) and Dipali Dutta (65) admitted at GMCH also succumbed to their infection on Friday evening. They had severe pnuemonia and were on invasive ventilation.
The GMCH on Thursday started administrating of plasma. The health minister was present when the doctors started the plasmatherapy. I urge all potential donors to come forward and donate their plasma, Sarma appealed.
The Assam COVID count shot up to 14600 till filling of this report. Out of them, 402 were Assam police personnel. So far, 116 of them have recovered.