GUWAHATI: Assam's health minister today sounded a warning after as many as 62 returnees tested COVID-19 positive in Guwahati's Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi Airport (LGBI) yesterday (April 21).
The minister, conveying the information via a tweet, also urged the people boarding flights to Assam from other states, to check their COVID-19 status. At the same time, Sarma prophesied that the number might actually increase after the returnees undergo the RT-PCR test which is deemed more accurate.
"On April 21, we tested 62 passengers asclass="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"> ve+ at Guwahati airport in RAT. The number might increase after RTPCR Request every passenger coming to Assam to check their Covid status before boarding. Please follow class="css-901oao css-16my406 r-poiln3 r-bcqeeo r-qvutc0"> appropriate behaviour," Sarma's tweet read.
Assam recorded five more deaths due to COVID-19 over the past 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,150, while 1,665 fresh positive cases took the tally to 2,29,138.
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Of the five deaths, two were reported from Dibrugarh, one each from Barpeta, Cachar and Kamrup (M) districts. 1,347 more COVID-19 patients have died for other reasons so far.
The state currently has 9,048 active cases.
During the day, 297 people recovered from the disease taking the total number of recoveries to 2,17,593.
The 1,665 new positive cases included 674 from Kamrup (M), 125 from Kamrup, 74 from Nagaon and 67 from Dibrugarh district.
Altogether 62,107 samples were tested for COVID-19 during the last 24 hours taking the total number of such tests to 80,25,528.
As many as 14,47,189 people have so far received the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine across the state, while 3,66,510 people got the second dose.
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