Guwahati, May 5, 2020:
After a female student from the Regional Dental College tested positive for the coronavirus, Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma informed that 71 samples collected from the college's hostel have all tested negative.
Sarma took to Twitter to make the announcement, where he wrote, "This is relief. After a resident doctor was tested COVID-19 positive, samples of 71 residents of Regional Dental College Hostel were taken and all are negative."
It is worth mentioning here that the female student who tested positive was among the four from the dental college, situated within the premises of the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) who were on COVID-19 duty at the hospital and had COVID-19 duty on April 25.
The hostel has a capacity for 200 students but only 40 students have been staying at the hostel presently in the midst of the nationwide lockdoen called to curtail the virus. Swab tests of all those 40 students have also been done. Meanwhile, the District Administration has declared the hostel where the lady student was staying as a "containment zone."
It may be mentioned here that Assam on Saturday reported three more positive cases of Covid-19, taking the state tally to 62. All of the fresh cases have been reported from Jorhat district, where the district administration is self-avowedly fighting the virus on a 'war-footing'.
Confirming the fresh cases, Assam Health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma said out of the three new positive cases, there is an ambulance driver, who drove two persons from Mumbai, who tested positive for Covid-19 in Jorhat.