COVID-19: Dibrugarh and Tinsukia DC offices declared as containment zone

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Published: July 19,2020 04:28 PM
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July 19, 2020: The COVID-19 situation in Assam remains grim with 1,117 new patients tested positive in the last 24 hours. These include a Deputy Commissioner of an Upper Assam district and the superin

July 19, 2020: The COVID-19 situation in Assam remains grim with 1,117 new patients tested positive in the last 24 hours. These include a Deputy Commissioner of an Upper Assam district and the superintendent of the Gauhati Medical college Hospital.



Bhaskar Pegu, Deputy Commissioner of Tinsukia district was tested positive on Saturday. Soon after his result, the DC office was declared a containment zone.



The senior district planning officer of Dibrugarh Deputy Commissioner’s office and another staff too were tested positive. The officer had attended the review meeting chaired by Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma at the DC office on Saturday. The meeting was also attended by Union Minister Rameswar Teli among others. Following this, the DC office has been declared a containment zone.



Meanwhile, the Guwahati Central Jail has been turned into a COVID hospital. The decision was taken after some prisoners fled from the Sonapur hospital where they were shifted for COVID treatment. A large number of jail inmates were tested positive in the last few days and were shifted to various hospitals.



Many doctors too have tested positive in the state. Dr Abhijit Bhattacharya, superintendent of the Gauhati Medical College Hospital was also tested positive. 3 doctors of Barpeta Medical College Hospital also were found COVID positive.



A large number of Assam Police personnel too were infected with Covid-19. Till Saturday, a total of 823 policemen were tested positive of which 444 have already recovered.