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COVID-19 Cases On The Rise In Northeast

The number of COVID-19 cases in the northeast is on a gradual rise with Tripura (with 118 cases) contributing the most followed by Assam with 59 cases.

On Friday, a total of 30 cases were reported from Tripura, taking its overall tally to 118, with 116 active cases and two patients have already been discharged from the hospital.

Out of these 30 cases, 25 are BSF personnel from the 86 Batallion, four family members of personnel from the 138 Batallion and one is a truck driver.

In a tweet, Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Deb said, "30 persons found COVID19 POSITIVE in Tripura today. 25 persons from 86th-Bn BSF, 4 family members from 138th-Bn BSF & 1 truck driver."

This comes a day after 24 BSF personnel of the 86 Batallion tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

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Of the total cases, 104 patients are BSF personnel.

Deb on May 3 morning declared Tripura as a coronavirus-free state, however, since then there has been a steep rise in the number of cases and they are simply mounting up.

In Assam, three persons tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday, taking the state's overall tally to 59.

Of these, two persons were a part of the contingent that had travelled to Silchar in a bus from Ajmer in which the 45th COVID-19 patient of Assam had travelled.

The third patient is a dental student from the Regional Dental College in Guwahati.

"One student of Regional Dental College, Kamrup Metro has tested COVID-19 positive," tweeted Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday night.

With this, Assam now has 24 active cases and 34 persons have been discharged so far.

The situation in Assam and Tripura is only worsening with every passing moment and it is assumed that the cases will increase exponentially, not just in these two states but in the entire northeast as a whole.

"With more samples being collected and a larger number of tests conducted across northeast, the number of COVID-19 cases will only rise in the region," said Gauhati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) official seeking anonymity.

"With most patients being asymptomatic, it is now up to the people of the region to act sensibly and responsibly and stop the spread of coronavirus in the region," the official added.

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