First COVID-19 case in State

Update: 2010-09-15 00:00 GMT

GUWAHATI, March 31 - A 52-year-old man from Karimganj with hitherto undisclosed travel history has tested positive for coronavirus which is the first such case in Assam.

�...This is Assam�s first COVID-19 patient. He is undergoing treatment at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital. His condition is stable,� tweeted Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma this evening.

With this, Assam today became the third State in the North East region to report positive coronavirus case after manipur and Mizoram.

Sarma further said that the contact trail of the infected person is being traced and all the persons with whom he came in contact will be quarantined or kept in isolation.

�All the protocols are being followed. We are now better prepared... and I think there is no need to panic. Hopefully, he will be fine within few days,� he said, urging people to follow the advisory issued by the health department.

The sample of the patient was sent to the National Institute of Virology, Pune which confirmed the infection.

Our Staff Correspondent from Silchar adds:

Dr Babul Kumar Bezbaruah, Principal of SMCH said�preliminary tests� of the patient, already battling with diabetes and cancer were found positive and sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) Pune. The NIV mailed the report at around 6.05 pm today confirming it as coronavirus positive case.�

Dr Bezbaruah informed that the patient, hailing from Badarpur was admitted here on March 29 as a suspected case with a travel history of visiting Delhi.

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