GUWAHATI, June 5 - Despite repeated insistence from the State government that there is no instance of community transmission in the State, cases of persons without having any travel history testing positive for COVID-19 emerged today, on a day when the coronavirus count reached 2,243.
A motorcycle thief, who was caught by Jalukbari Police after he lifted a bike from Dispur area and was later lodged at the Central Jail, has tested positive for COVID-19.
The thief, Jintu Nath, who used to work in a hardware shop at Beltola, was showing symptoms when he was arrested.
�After he was arrested by Jalukbari Police he was handed over to Dispur Police on May 31. On June 1, he was sent to jail after being produced at the CJM�s Court. He was also taken to a government health centre,� a police official said. At the jail, he was kept in isolation like six others who were lodged there on the same day.
Seven police personnel of Jalukbari Police Station and four from Dispur Police Station, who came into contact with the thief, have been quarantined and their samples collected for tests, while the jail premises has been declared as containment zone.
A young patient under treatment at the Dr Bhubaneswar Borooah Cancer Institute (BBCI) has also tested positive. BBCI authorities said 18 staff of the hospital and 13 attendants have been put under quarantine and their samples collected.
�The patient, who has no symptoms, is safe and has been shifted to the GMCH. Hospital services will continue,� they said.
Another person without travel history, Sanjib Chetri, has also tested positive in the city. A driver with Nestle company, Chetri is a resident of Bathao Nagar of Noonmati, and was showing symptoms for the last few days.
What left people in Guwahati further worried is that a grocer in Maligaon�s Krishnagar area has also tested positive for the novel coronavirus. She has been identified as Swapna Baruah.
The Kamrup Metro administration has declared all these areas as containment zones.
The four persons in the city add to the tally of at least 24 other patients in the State who do not have any travel history and the health department is clueless as to how they contracted the virus.
The State government has been, however, insisting that there is no instance of community transmission of the virus in the State till date.
Meanwhile, 50 cured patients were discharged from various hospitals today.