Assam: 26 persons test positive for COVID-19 in Tinsukia school
Twenty-six persons, including 24 students and a watchman from a residential school in Tinsukia, Upper Assam, tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday.
A source in the district administration said the fresh cases include 25 from the Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya school and a returnee from another state.
As many as 43 RT-PCR samples from the school have been taken for test, out of which, 24 female students and a watchman have tested positive.
Recently, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma had reportedly stated that there is no COVID-19 in Assam and there is no need to wear masks.
Kasturba Gandhi Balika Vidyalaya school at Bordubi in Tinsukia made headlines on March 26 after 34 students, one matron, and a cook tested positive for COVID-19.
On April 3, Assam’s Health and Family Welfare Department had issued an order making it mandatory for air and train passengers from Maharashtra and Karnataka to carry a negative RT-PCR report given the rising number of COVID-19 cases in the country.
According to officials, the Tinsukia district had, so far, witnessed 8,073 COVID-19 cases, out of which 63 are active.