The Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) has been temporarily shut down after a PG student at the medical college tested positive for novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
As many as eight persons, four each in Guwahati and Silchar, tested positive for the deadly contagious infection in Assam on May 7th, 2020, taking the number of cases in the state to 53.
Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that the health department has launched contact tracing of the infected student to break the chain of transmission.
The GMCH has been closed temporarily for new patients for the next few days, Sarma wrote on Twitter. The hospital premises will also be sanitized, the minister informed.
“Although we are closing the hospital (GMCH) for new patients, special arrangements will be in place for the patients already admitted and collection of new swab samples. Soliciting cooperation and understanding from all, in the interest of public safety,” Sarma further wrote on the microblogging site.