Krishnendu Paul

A BJP MLA in Assam has tested positive for COVID-19 and referred to Covid hospital in Silchar for treatment, officials said.

Krishnendu Paul, who represents Patharkandi assembly constituency in south Assam’s Karimganj district, showed symptoms of coronavirus infection and his test result came positive on Monday, they said.

The saffron party MLA was down with fever for last three days and his swab sample was collected on June 18.

Paul is the first sitting legislator in the state to have tested positive for COVID-19.

Sources said the family members of the MLA have also been quarantined.

A total of 5,586 people have tested positive for covid-19 in the state of which 3,521 people have discharged from hospital after recovery.

A total of 11 people have succumbed to the disease.

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