BARPETA: The number of COVID positive cases has increased to 296 in Barpeta district. On Thursday, 51 new COVID positive cases were detected in the district. Till now, all total 3,274 people have been tested in the entire district. Among them, 296 were found positive. Out of them, 15 people were discharged on Thursday.Till date, all total 38 COVID patients have been discharged and three have been sent to Guwahati for better treatment.