Hima Das asks everyone to take COVID-19 more seriously

GUWAHATI: Ace Indian Sprinter Hima das urged everyone in his state to take the COVID-19 pandemic more seriously after Assam reported his first death due to the novel coronavirus on Friday. Assam 's total positive cases have gone up to 29, state health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.

Dear everyone in Assam, really sad to know that first death due to Covid-19 has been reported in our state. I request everyone to kindly take this pandemic more seriously. Our doctors, police, sanitation and all essential workers are risking their lives for us. Stay home safely, Hima said in a tweet.

The first corona death of Assam, also the first in the northeastern region, was reported from Hailakandi district in its southern part.

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Barbhyan's swab sample tested positive Tuesday. He had a history of travel to Saudi Arabia. He recently returned home through Delhi.

According to Silchar hospital officials, the patient, a former Madrassa Education employee, had become critical on Thursday and was admitted to the Intensive Care Unit.

Of the total 34 positive cases in five northeastern states - Assam (29), Manipur (2), Mizoram (1), Arunachal Pradesh (1) and Tripura (1) - 28 took part in a Tablighi Jamaat meet in Delhi last month. A Manipuri woman and a Mizoram man tested positive last month after they returned from the United Kingdom and the Netherlands respectively.