Six undertrial prisoners have tested positive for Covid19 in the Jorhat Central Jail on Saturday.

A central jail source said out of the six prisoners, one was bailed out and taken to one of the Covid centres.

“Five of the others have been shifted to a separate cell and are being kept in isolation. Their condition is being monitored,” said sources.

Sources said two staff members of the central jail, including a pharmacist, and a constable of the jail, have also tested COVID19 positive.

A jail official said the six prisoners after they tested positive for the virus have not been allowed to mix with the other convicts or undertrials as they had come directly from the court where they were produced.

Swab tests of all other prisoners are being conducted, the official further said.

Meanwhile, industrialist Makkan Gattani has announced Rs 7,000 each to the first 200 people who would donate their plasma in Jorhat.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said 67 new COVID19 positive cases were detected in the district on Saturday and they had no travel history.

Out of the 105 cases found positive on Friday, 103 had no travel history.

The total number of COVID19 positive cases detected in Jorhat so far is 1,341 including 769 active cases while 563 patients have been discharged after they tested negative.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com