Guwahati: At a time when the coronavirus pandemic has set off social and economic distress at an unprecedented rate, when questions persist about the invention of a possible cure or a vaccine, when the citizenry continues to remain on edge amid reports of COVID-19 deaths and infections, a development from Assam's Kokrajhar district is sure to instill faith and hope once again.
Amidst the continuing battle against coronavirus in Kokrajhar district in the Bodo-dominated belt of Assam, a ray of hope brought smiles to all and sundry as two pregnant COVID-19 positive women admitted at the Rupnath Brahma Civil Hospital Kokrajhar gave birth to two healthy babies through Caesarean section!
Tests have been conducted on both the babies and they have been found to be coronavirus negative and in good health. The operation was successfully carried out by a medical team comprising Dr. RK Boro, Dr. MN Brahma, Dr. AS Sarma. They were assisted in the procedure by Urmila Brahma, Rina Brahma, Pradeep Narzary, Ashok Basfor, and Rajendra Basfor.
This development comes amid Assam's COVID-19 "explosion", that has seen the number of cases rising at a dramatic rate over the past several weeks. Yesterday alone, 1,130 cases of the dreaded virus were detected across Assam, out of which 417 cases were from the capital city of Guwahati. On Friday, swab samples of as many as 16,178 persons were tested for traces of the virus; thus, the 'positivity rate' of the samples was 6.98%. The Government has so far conducted a total of 739,464 COVID-19 tests until Friday, July 24.
On the other hand, 1,062 patients were also sent back home after testing negative for the dreaded virus. Notably, Friday was the third day in a row when over 1,000 COVID-19 positive cases were detected. So far, 21,761 patients (out of a total of 29,921 cases) patients have been discharged after recovering from the deadly virus across Assam.