Guwahati, Jun 9 : A 55-year-old man who had recently returned from Chennai became the fifth COVID 19 casualty in Assam, with three out of the total five deaths being confirmed positive for the infection after death.
State Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed the rise in the death toll today.
The man, identified as one Arun Kakoti and a resident of a village about 65 kms from headquarter town of Diphu in Karbi Anglong district, had returned from Chennai in May.
He was in home quarantine after testing negative for the virus during his stay in an institutional quarantine, but his health had deteriorated while at home.
He was brought dead to the Diphu Medical College and Hospital yesterday, and the swab sample collected after his death had tested positive for COVID 19.
Out of the five lives claimed by COVID 19 in the state, three were detected with the virus after death.Meanwhile, the overall COVID 19 positive tally in the state increased to 2868 with detection of 33 new cases today so far.Among the new patients, 17 are from Tinsukia, four from Jorhat and three from Barpeta.The number of active cases in the state now stands at 2076, while 784 others have recovered till now.(UNI)