Guwahati: Benjamin Terang, the Principal of the Diphu Government Higher Secondary School passed away at Guwahati's Hayat Hospital the intervening hours of August 13 and August 14. He had tested COVID-19 positive on August 1.
As per reports, Terang was admitted to the COVID-19 Hospital in Diphu Medical College in his native Karbi Anglong after he tested positive for the Wuhan-originating virus.
However, his condition continued to deteriorate and the school principal finally passed away in the wee hours of Friday, August 14.
Terang's death has been reported at a time when the number of coronavirus related deaths in the state is on the rise. However, the overall percentage of deaths still remains low compared to the national average.
Yesterday saw the demise of as many as 8 COVID-19 patients in Assam, taking the death toll in the state up to 169.
"Demise of 8 COVID patients~Late Dhaneshwar Sinha (78) of K'ganj; Late Biswajit Kar (53) of Cachar; Late Anita Biswas (47) Late Bipul Saikia (53) Late Bholanath Das (39) Late Sofiquddin Laskar (58) of D'garh; Late Khogesori Devi (53) of L'pur; Late Mangal C Ray (43) of B'gaon", health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma wrote in a tweet.
On the same day, 2,976 COVID-19 positive cases were detected in the state out of a total of 61,318 tests that were performed.
The highest number was detected in the Kamrup (Metro) district which reported 418 cases of the virus.
Yesterday's COVID-19 positivity rate was 4.55%, which is within the permissible levels, as per the World Health Organization (WHO).
The Covid-19 tally in India crossed the 2.4 million mark after 65,553 fresh cases were registered within a span of 24 hours. On Friday, the overall tally rose to 2,461,190 while the death toll stood at 48,040.