COVID-19 took its first toll in Assam early Friday morning.
The 28th patient of the State suffering from deadly coronavirus passed away at around 2 am in the wee hours of Friday.
The resident from Hailakandi breathed his last at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital due to COVID-19 complications.
State health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to announce the demise of the COVID-19 patient, the first casualty in the State.
Himanta tweeted: ‘With utmost Grief and sorrow,I would like to inform that Sri Faijul Haque Barbhyan,(65)Hailakandi District has expired few minutes back in SMCH due to complication of COVID19 infection.My deep condolences and prayers for the bereaved family.’
Himanta had earlier stated that the condition of the COVID-19 patient was critical on Thursday.
Notably, the patient from Hailakandi was declared COVID-19 positive on Tuesday last.
The deceased COVID-19 patient had visited Saudi Arabia recently.
The condition of the 65-year-old retired BSF personnel turned ‘alarming’ on Thursday and he was shifted to SMCH during the day.
The minister said his other parameters were ‘stable’ but his ‘oxygen saturation decreased’ and he was shifted to the IVU for better monitoring..
The person was confirmed coronavirus positive on Tuesday night and had attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin in Delhi.
Silchar MP Rajdeep Roy said the funeral of the deceased will be held according to the COVID-19 protocol and the details will be announced later.
On the other hand, another person from Dhubri was detected coronavirus positive on Thursday.
With this the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in the State has rose to 29.
One of them has already passed away.
Among the 29 cases detected in Assam, 28 victims have travel history of the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi.