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Assam: Biggest one-day jump in Covid deaths

Aug 27, 2020 09:42 IST

Guwahati, PTI: Assam on Wednesday reported its highest single-day spike of 14 Covid-19 deaths, taking the overall toll to 274. Close to 2,200 new infections pushed the total cases closer to 97,000. Of the 14 deaths, two each were reported from Karimganj, Cachar and Nalbari, and one each from Sivasagar, Tinsukia, Lakhimpur, Dhubri, Nagaon, Golaghat, Hojai and Kamrup Metropolitan districts. This is the highest number of fatalities on a single day, the earlier maximum being 10, reported on several days since July. "Very sad and anguished to inform that 14 more Covid-19 patients have succumbed to the disease. My condolences to the families. We stand by you in this hour of grief", Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted. 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. The positivity rate is 6.01 per cent. The total number of tests done so far in the state is 20,71,441. Out of the total 96,771 positive cases, 274 have died, 21,680 are active cases while 74,814 have been discharged and three migrated out of the state. Former chief minister 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. Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal called Gogoi and wished him a speedy and full recovery.