As many as 6 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have been afflicted with the dreaded coronavirus in Assam, confirmed the state's Health and Family Welfare Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
The jawans are reportedly a part of 98 troopers who came to Assam from various regions on a flight and were initially quarantined at the CRPF camp itself alongwith the other returnees. Upon detection of the virus, the 6 jawans were promptly shifted to the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), the premier health facility in the state where a lion's share of the tests are conducted, for treatment.
Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, taking to Twitter, informed that he went to the GMCH where he advised doctors to "ensure best care for all." Additionally, Sarma also went to oversee the smooth transfer of 20 patients to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) where he met doctors and did a review of the prevailing situation.
📌 Some time ago I & @Pijush_hazarika went to oversee smooth transfer of 20 patients to MMCH. Also met doctors & did a review.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 22, 2020
Later we went to GMCH where 6 #COVID19 + @crpfindia personnel were shifted. Advised doctors to ensure best care to all.#AssamCares pic.twitter.com/GiYeg2RtYg
It is pertinent to mention here that in Assam, the number of coronavirus cases have continued to rise exponentially ever since the first detection was made on March 31 in a Delhi-returned Karimganj man. Since then, the number has continued to tick upwards and the the tally has now risen to 259, with 4 people having died due to complications. Worryingly, the cases have more than doubled in the past five days and on Friday alone, a sharp spike of 49 cases was witnessed.
At the same, the virus has infected 5,306,235 people worldwide, with 340,047 casualties reported so far since it was first reported in the markets of Wuhan, China. On a bright note, however, 2,160,156 people, accounting for almost 50% of the confirmed cases, have made now recovered.