A driver, on government duty of delivering swab samples for COVID-19 tests, died at Namsai in Arunachal Pradesh when the car he was driving met with an accident on July 4.

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The road accident occurred near Lathao in Namsai district when the driver was returning from ICMR Dibrugarh delivering swab samples for COVID-19 tests from Tezu in Lohit district.

Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu, in a statement on July 4, expressed shock and sorrow over the loss of the COVID-19 warrior.

“A skilled contingency driver attached with the Zonal General Hospital in Tezu, Sangpula Tayo met with an accident at Lathao today (July 4) morning. He was coming back after dropping the swab samples at ICMR Dibrugarh while the tragic accident happened,” a statement from the Chief Minister’s Office said.

Tayo was brought critically-injured to Namsai Hospital but later succumbed to his injuries.

He is survived by his wife, mother, brother and a minor child.

“He has been engaged in COVID-19 duty since April 18,” the Chief Minister’s Office added.

Conveying his condolences to the bereaved family members, Khandu said that the state and its people are with the bereaved family during this crisis.

While assuring all possible support from the government, Khandu directed Deputy Commissioner, Lohit district to immediately process for granting ex-gratia relief to the bereaved family members.

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