GUWAHATI/ DHUBRI, April 13: Another person has tested positive for COVID-19 in Dhubri – the third in the district – taking the total number of positive cases in Assam to 30.
Hazrat Ali, a 35-year-old resident of Dongerpar, Jhagrarpar Pt-III area under Dhubri police station, was under home quarantine and was shifted to the isolation ward of Dhubri Civil Hospital on April 7 after he showed symptoms.
His samples were taken on April 10 and the results came on Sunday showing positive for COVID-19. He is being brought to MMCH at Guwahati for treatment.
Ali had gone to Delhi on March 17 to buy products for his cloth shop located in Dhubri town.
It was informed that Ali went to Delhi with another person from Hatsingimari area under South Salmara-Mankachar district, namely Abdur Rehman Ansari, via flight from Guwahati. Ansari has also been quarantined.
Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said Ali returned to Guwahati on an Air Asia flight on March 21 and on the same day returned to Dhubri on a bus.
According to Sarma, Ali visited Nizamuddin area during his Delhi tour, but is not connected to the Tablighi Jamaat.
The Dhubri administration has declared the area of his residence as Containment Zone.
On Sunday, a person from Nagaland, Raja Jain, 33, who was admitted at GMCH on April 11 also tested positive for COVID-19, marking the neighbouring state’s first novel coronavirus case.
The driver of the ambulance of a private hospital in Nagaland in which he was brought and Jain’s father have been quarantined at MMCH.
Jain is in ICU but without ICU support. “We are taking extra care as he was showing symptoms since long,” Sarma said.
Meanwhile, barring the cancer patient, all the other 28 active positive cases in the State were stated to be recovering and they are likely to be released gradually from April 15.
A total of 3,209 samples have been tested in the State so far, and 3,070 were negative. Samples of 1,421 persons linked to the Nizamuddin visit have been tested and results of 34 are awaited while the rest, barring the 28 positive cases, have been negative.
Of the 30 positive cases detected so far in the State, 29 have Nizamuddin connection.