SILCHAR, March 25 - At a time when a person from Mizoram has been found to be infected with Covid-19 virus, five persons from Silchar who had travelled along with the infected person from Guwahati to Aizwal will be home quarantined for 14 days.
According to Dr Sudip Jyoti Das, Joint Director of Health Services Cachar, as per message received from Mizoram Secretariat, five persons from Silchar have a recent travel history of coming to Aizwal from Guwahati in the same flight in which the person who has been found positive for Covid-19 virus. They reached Silchar by road through Lailapur border and on Wednesday, the persons along with four apartments in which they are residing have been marked and kept under home quarantine.
�There are no positive coronavirus cases detected in Silchar or across Barak Valley as yet. The five persons who have a travel history of sharing the same flight with the Covid-19 positive case from Mizoram, kept the facts hidden. Deputy Commissioner received a message from Mizoram Secretariat regarding the passengers coming to Silchar via road on March 16. Accordingly our rapid response team identified them. Their residential apartments respectively at NN Dutta Road, Ambikapatty, Premtala and Janiganj have also been marked quarantined for 14 days. The identified persons shall be examined and ASHA workers have been asked to visit the fellow families of respective apartments,� Dr Das informed.
Suman Choudhury, District Media Expert NHM informed that so far 12 persons have been identified with whom the five persons coming from Aizawl have history of contacts. The matter will be dealt with on a priority basis and efforts are being made to find out the Sumo vehicle driver who brought the persons back to Silchar.
Meanwhile, Dr Bhaskar Gupta, Vice Principal, Silchar Medical College and Hospital informed that out of the 27 cases of Real Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (RTPCR) test to ascertain the Covid-19 infection done so far, results of 23 cases have been negative while updates regarding four cases will be available shortly. A patient who was brought to the hospital with a history of visiting Italy recently was examined and found asymptomatic and had been kept on home quarantine. Dr Ajit Bhattacharjee, nodal officer on Covid-19 in Cachar informed that so far 860 persons have been kept on home quarantine. Contact tracing process has begun and residences of the quarantined persons are also marked with particular stickers for clear identification, he added.