Assam government temporally close GMCH for new patients after a doctor tested COVID19 positive:

Guwahati, May 8: Assam government on Friday has temporarily closed Guwahati Medical College Hospital (GMCH) for new patients, after a doctor (PG student) of the government-run hospital tested positive for COVID19.

Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma said that, the state government has decided to close the hospital for new patients for the next few days.

“A PG student at Guwahati Medical College has tested COVID positive last night. Consequently we have to screen everyone who came in contact with him and sanitize the entire GMCH premises. As such we have to close the hospital for new patients for the next few days,” he tweeted.

Himanta Biswa Sarma also tweeted – “Although we are closing the hospital (GMCH) for new patients, special arrangements will be in place for patients already admitted and collection of new swab samples. Soliciting cooperation and understanding from all, in the interest of public safety.”

On Thursday, Assam had reported eight positive cases for COVID-19 including four from Guwahati and four from Cachar district.

One patient from Hailakandi district died, and 34 patients have been discharged from hospitals in the state.

With these new cases, the state tally has now increased to 53.