SILCHAR, May 7: The Cachar district administration has brought as many as 11 villages under 'precautionary containment zones' after a person from Sonitpur district was found to be COVID-19 positive at Silchar Medical College and Hospital (SMCH) on Wednesday night.
Talking to The Assam Tribune on Thursday, Deputy Commissioner Barnali Sarma said the person from Sonitpur boarded the bus bearing number RJ 27 PB 7071 returning with 43 passengers from Cachar district from Ajmer in Rajasthan and reached Silchar. He was screened at the ISBT here and the medical team sent to SMCH wherein he was found to be COVID-19 positive.
It may be mentioned that Minister of Health Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma had confirmed the developments with his tweet at 9.30 pm yesterday.
"The 11 villages including Makhannagar, Durganagar pt-VI, Dayapur pt-II, Didarkhush pt-III Motinagar, Bahorikandi pt-II, Sayedpur pt-V, Kajidahar pt-IV, Berenga pt-III, Pechador Ramnagar, Tarapur pt-IV and Chirukandi, falling under four revenue circles - Lakhipur, Udharbond, Sonai and Silchar Sadar, have been brought under precautionary containment zone restricting vehicular and civilian movement sans prior permission of authority as the persons belonging to Cachar district who had travelled with the COVID-19 positive patient reside in those areas," the Deputy Commissioner said, adding, "swab samples of all passengers along with the driver and two handymen of the bus will be collected for tests."
Meanwhile, sources at the district health department informed that while the COVID-19 positive patient has been shifted to the designated COVID ward at SMCH, other passengers have been quarantined at NATRIP, Civil Hospital and Chibitabichia Model Hospital.