New Delhi: After initially bending the COVID-19 curve, cases are now rising in all the eight northeastern states. Further, two more people – one each in Assam and Tripura – succumbed to the disease taking the region’s toll to seven. Also Read - Central Government's Teletherapy Helpline Counsels Over 60,000 People on Mental Health Issues Related to COVID-19 And Lockdown
The eight northeastern states so far recorded 4,426 positive cases, out of which 3,049 are active cases. Also Read - Jharkhand CM Hemant Soren, His Wife Test Negative For Coronavirus
Assam tops the list with 2,937 (1,844 active) cases, followed by Tripura with 866 cases (670 active), Manipur with 304 cases (243 active), 127 cases (119 active) in Nagaland, 88 cases (87 active) in Mizoram, 57 cases (56 active) in Arunachal Pradesh, 34 cases (20 active) in Meghalaya and 13 cases (10 active) in Sikkim. Also Read - Ahmedabad Micro-containment Areas: 8 More Identified in The City | Check Zone And Area-wise List Here
According to the state governments, the cases have gone up with the return of around four lakh natives from around India, and health officials predicted the number would go more as the testing of samples of the returnees continues.
According to health officials in Guwahati, a 58-year-old man died in Assam due to Covid-19, taking the state’s death toll to five.
The patient, who tested positive after returning from Chennai, died at Diphu Medical College and Hospital in southeastern Assam.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also announced said that a 42-year-old male from West Tripura also died on Tuesday afternoon.
“Doctors gave their best but failed to save his precious life. On May 1, he suffered a stroke and was a patient of hypertension,” Deb, who also holds the Health Department, said in a tweet.
Tripura’s Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal told the media that the state government would provide Rs 10 lakh to the family of the victim, who tested positive on June 3.
Earlier, a 50-year-old woman Covid-19 patient allegedly committed suicide at the Tripura government-run Govind Ballabh Pant Medical College and Hospital here on June 2.
The woman was also suffering from kidney-related ailments. Her death was termed as “unnatural death” by the government. “After the death, her swab sample, which was collected before her death, tested positive for Covid-19,” said Nath.
(With agency inputs)