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18-day-old Assam baby tests positive for coronavirus

An 18-day-old infant, along with its parents, has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus in South Assam's Hailakandi district

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Sentinel Digital Desk

Guwahati: An 18-day-old infant, along with its parents, has tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus in South Assam's Hailakandi district.

The three-member family, Residents of Tupkhana on the outskirts of Hailakandi town, the afflicted with the disease has been shifted from the Hindustan Paper Corporation's COVID Care Centre to the SK Roy designated COVID Civil Hospital.

SK Roy, the Superintendent of the designated COVID Civil Hospital, Dr.Sudip Kumar Chakrabarty said the condition of the cesarean-delivery baby is "stable" and breastfeeding is being done at regular intervals to ensure that its immunity level stays up.

He disclosed that both mother and baby are being nursed and kept at a separate enclosure in the coronavirus ward. Roy further informed and that immunity booster dose is being administered to the mother to enable her to withstand the disease.

Dr.Chakrabarty said though the coronavirus afflicted family has been pleading to move to their place of residence, the authorities are not allowing on the ground that the swab sample tests to be conducted on the ninth day of admission to hospital have to be tested negative.

In another development on the coronavirus front in Assam, Nibash Roy, an infant, who succumbed to death at Silchar Medical College and Hospital on Monday, has been declared a non-COVID victim by the State level Death Audit Board for Audit of coronavirus related deaths on Tuesday. Despite the COVID-19 negative report, the district administration carried out the last rites following the State protocols at a nondescript place at Katlicherra on Wednesday afternoon.

A boom of COVID-19 cases is currently being witnessed in Assam, which reported its first case of the virus way back in March. If officials are to be believed, the worst days are yet to come. According to the Central Government, the numbers are expected to soar even higher come August.

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