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Tripura Advocate General succumbs to COVID-19

 AGARTALA/KOLKATA, Nov 21 - Veteran lawyer and Tripura’s Advocate General Arun Kanti Bhowmik died of COVID-19 in Kolkata today.

 Family sources said that Bhowmik, 80, was suffering from heart disease and was shifted to a private hospital in Kolkata on Friday.

“He was under medical treatment in two hospitals in Agartala for the past few weeks and was tested COVID-19 negative twice. Hours after he was admitted to the private hospital in Kolkata, the hospital doctors informed that he was tested positive for COVID-19,” the veteran lawyer’s younger brother and a former senior bureaucrat Ajit Bhowmik said.

The body of Bhowmik, also a former member of Tripura Assembly, was cremated in Kolkata. He left behind his wife and two sons.

Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, Law and Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath and Lok Sabha Member Pratima Bhowmik condoled his death.

Meanwhile, Tripura’s COVID-19 tally rose to 32,367 today as 150 more people tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

One more patient succumbed to the infection, pushing the State’s coronavirus death toll to 363, he said.

As many as 108 more people have been cured of the disease, the official said.

West Tripura district, under which Agartala falls, has reported 185 coronavirus fatalities so far, the official said.

Tripura now has 920 active coronavirus cases, while 31,061 people have been cured of the disease and 23 patients have migrated to other States, he said.

The State has conducted 5,08,816 COVID-19 tests so far, including 2,00,094 RT-PCR and 3,08,722 rapid antigen tests, the official added. – Agencies

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