Apart from flood-related deaths, 24 people have lost their lives in landslides triggered by rainfall in different parts of Assam.
Over 15,500 persons have tested positive in Assam till Friday and the state has reported 35 deaths. Guwahati was under a strict 14-day lockdown since June 28 evening.
The development comes amidst a growing concern by political parties and civil society members about Gogoi's health.
The policeman tested positive for the virus on July 7 and was admitted at the Covid Care Centre established at the IIT-Guwahati campus.
On June 30, the state cabinet approved the “Assam Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (Facilitation of Establishment and Operation) Ordinance, 2020”. It allowed anyone to set up an MSME industry just by submitting a self-declaration and without any permission or clearance for three years.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) said the number of flood- affected people rose to 1,82,583 on Thursday from 1,70,956 on Wednesday.
Bittu Sonowal and Dhairjya Konwar have tested positive in a rapid antigen test, while KMSS chief Akhil Gogoi — lodged with them — tested negative. A further confirmatory test of Gogoi is expected by Thursday night, a senior police officer told The Indian Express.
A statement from the office of Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal on Wednesday said disciplinary action has been initiated, and all those involved would be transferred soon.
In a strongly-worded letter to Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, it also sought to know why a large number of doctors were infected with coronavirus infection while treating patients.
This house-to-house testing is in addition to the 31 centres in the city where residents can voluntarily submit their samples to get tested for the coronavirus.
While the first proposal to accord national park status to the region dates back to 1995, Dehing Patkai was declared a wildlife sanctuary in 2004.
Under the strict 14-day lockdown, even grocery shops and vegetable stores in the city remained shut.
The funeral prayer gathering for Khairul Islam — a vice-president of the All India Jamiat Ulema and a “Aamir-e-Shariat” for the Northeast — was held at his native place in Nagaon on the afternoon of July 2. Islam was 87.
The first donor was Dr Likhitesh, a post-graduate student of medicine at GMCH, who had tested positive for the disease in May, and was later cured.
On Friday, state Industries and Commerce Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary said in a statement, “This Ordinance will not affect the land rights of indigenous people of Assam as protected by the Assam Agricultural Land (Regulation of Reclassifications and Transfer for Non-Agricultural Purpose) Act 2015. T
The ordinance is yet to be notified or receive the Governor’s assent but the announcement has triggered criticism by the Opposition as well as on social media.
The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) stated that over 14.95 lakh people were affected in 2,197 villages in 21 districts of the state.
Guwahati on Tuesday had reported 382 fresh coronavirus cases and by Wednesday afternoon, another 157 people tested positive from the city.
Mohammad Bokul Mia, a 55-year-old resident of Chilmari in Bangladesh, was taken to Dhubri Civil Hospital Tuesday evening after he complained of chest pain.
Last month, 21 people, including minors, had died due a series of landslides in Cachar, Karimganj and Hailakandi districts.