Guwahati, May 8: Eight new positive cases of COVID-19, including a doctor and a teenager who died, were detected in Assam on Thursday, putting the total number of cases in the state at 53. State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma informed through Twitter that while four persons, including three with no travel history, were detected in Guwahati, four others, who had traveled in the same bus as another COVID-19 patient from Rajasthan to Cachar district, also tested positive.
Among the four patients in Guwahati is reportedly a 16-year-old girl who had died on Wednesday and her sample was taken for testing. Her report came positive on Thursday. A doctor of Gauhati Medical College and Hospital here has also reportedly tested positive, besides a woman and another man, who had travel history to Siliguri. Meanwhile, four more passengers of a bus in which another COVID-19 patient was detected tested positive for the virus in Cachar.
Altogether 42 people, including children, had traveled in the bus from Ajmer to Cachar, after procuring permission from the district administration in Ajmer. With these, the total number of positive cases in the state has risen to 53, of whom 34 have recovered and discharged from hospital. (UNI)