Imphal/ Ghy, April 2
With stringent measures being taken up by almost all government of the North East Indian states people of the entire region finds somewhat relief with no case of positive COVID -19 reported till March 23. The entire region was shocked after 2 (two) persons coming from abroad were tested positive, but luckily in both the case doctors and medical experts found no community transmission and the fear of adding the number was subsided with the Prime Minister of the Country announcing a total lockdown in the entire country for 21 days started from March 24 midnight.
The entire region once more is shocked with the exposure religious congregation on day 5 of the total locked down which was held from March 13 to 15 at Nizamuddin area in Delhi as mobile tracker suggested 465 people from North East including 85 from Manipur and 7 from Meghalaya either attended the religious gathering or loitering around the area.
Among those attended in the religious congregation 13 are reported affected by COVID -19 while one is reported affected in the state of Manipur. 9 persons who had reportedly attended the gathering have been reported negative but they are under quarantined.
Till yesterday, the State reported only a positive case as a middle-age individual from Barak valley was diagnosed with the deadly virus. State health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma confirmed, “A 52-year old man from Badarpur in Karimganj district in south Assam has been found positive for Covid-19. This is the first positive case of Covid-19 in Assam. He is undergoing treatment at Silchar Medical College Hospital.”
The individual, reportedly a cancer patient, was suffering from high fever for some days after returning from New Delhi. The attending doctors at Srigouri PHC near Badarpur sent his blood sample to Silchar Medical College Hospital, where it was found positive for the virus.
Later the Pune based National Institute of Virology confirmed the report.
Earlier, Assam chief minister Sarbananda Sonowal asserted that norms of the 21-day nationwide lockdown declared by Prime Minister Narendra Modi till 14 April have not been relaxed in the State. The State government has taken only some measures to ensure availability of
essential items & services to the people, added Sonowal asking everyone to strictly follow the norms of social distancing and make the lockdown a success.