JORHAT, July 18 - For the first time, a COVID-19 case without travel history has been detected in Majuli along with another positive case having travel history, with which the number of infected people on the Brahmaputra island rose to 30.
A Majuli district administration official said that a 52-year-old woman of Bortanigaon tested positive and she did not have any travel history. Another 32-year-old person of Ratanpur Mirigaon too was found positive. He had returned from Chennai and reached Majuli on Friday morning. Both patients were admitted to the Garmur Subdivisional Civil Hospital at Majuli.
Meanwhile, Jorhat Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati on Saturday said that the name of a COVID-19 patient of Jorhat having a history of kidney ailment, who died at AMCH, Dibrugarh on Friday, was erroneously mentioned as Dibyajyoti Bora (66) by her in the note released to the media on Friday. Korati said the correct name was Dibyajyoti Buragohain.
Staff Correspondent from Dibrugarh adds: The area near MG School at Gangapara in Dibrugarh has been notified as a containment zone by the district administration in view of detection of 14 COVID-19 cases in the areas near MG School under Dibrugarh East Revenue Circle as a result of contact tracing of COVID-19 patient Bablu Das. The residence of Bubu Ali in the north, residence of Dhrubajyoti Bhattacharya in the east, MG School in the south and DTP drain in the west has been demarcated as the boundary of the containment zone area.
Gauripur Correspondent adds: Zakir Hussain (47), a police ASI of Dhubri and a resident of Gauripur Ward No.4 was found COVID-19 positive on Friday evening. He had gone to Bongaigaon on official duty a few days ago and returned home. He was feeling unwell and subsequently his swab was examined and found positive. He was immediately sent to Dhubri Civil Hospital for treatment. The total number of positive cases at Gauripur rose to 14 till the filing of this report.
ANN Service adds from Tihu: As many as 12 persons including SSB jawan Mridul Ranjan Das tested positive for COVID-19 in Tihu. Considering the increasing trend of the disease, Dr Promod Talukdar, superintendent of Tihu Gramin Hospital (FRU) and Pulakesh Das, chief block pharmasist of the hospital and his team, are working to prevent social transmission.
ANN Service adds from Gossaigaon: The number of COVID-19 cases has gone up to six in Gossaigaon. They were identiifed as Malati Das, Robin Paul, Ratneswar Ray, Nanda Sarkar, Biswajit Pandit, all from Dalgaon in Gossaigaon, and Gopal Das from Gossaigaon town ward No.2. As many as 10 suspected test reports have been decalred as �poor samples� from among the Kokrajhar COVID-19 RTPCR test reports done on July 16 at VRDL, FAAMCH, Barpeta.
ANN Service adds from Sualkuchi: After detection of four new positive cases, the number of COVID-19 cases in Sualkuchi has gone up to 29 till the filling this report. The four new cases include two residents of Dadara, one resident of Sualkuchi and one of Sarulah. The patients are undergoing treatment at IIT Guwahati, MSME Amingaon and GMCH.
ANN Service adds from Hatsingimari: An Assistant Manager of the SBI, Mankachar branch, who was performing his duty regularly, has been found COVID-19 positive. With this case, the total number of patients in Southsalmara Mankachar district went up to 43. Local people have expressed concern as the bank employee has every possibility in spreading the disease.
Bongaigaon Correspondent adds: The number of COVID-19 cases increased to 223 in Bongaigaon district. Of these, 51 are active while 161 have recovered.
The district administration has instructed the Chief Workshop Manager (CWM) of New Bongaigaon Railway Workshop to close the workshop for 10 days after a woman employee was found positive. The Northeast Frontier Railway Employees� Union, New Bongaigaon branch has demanded shutting down of the administrative office of the workshop for 10 days for the same reason. But the CWM announced closure of the office only for two days. The union also demanded the CWM to make arrangements for collection of swabs of workshop employees.
The district administration also asked the owner of a pharmacy Life Pharma in Bongaigaon town to shut down the shop for 10 days. A COVID-19 positive jawan of Railway Protection Force (RPF) had visited the pharmacy before his diagnosis. Courier service has also been suspended in the district for 10 days.
North Lakhimpur Correspondent adds: An employee of the office of the Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner tested COVID-19 positive on Saturday following a swab test. The infected person works in the civil defence section of the DC�s office. Hailing from Dhemaji, the employee recently went to his home district and shares a rented house with another employee of the same office.
This incident has alarmed the district administration, as the DC office has 150 employees. Lakhimpur Deputy Commissioner Dr Jeevan B asked all staff of his office to go for swab tests from Saturday afternoon. The district health department has initiated rapid tests among the staff of the DC�s office.
Meanwhile, seven more people who had attended two marriage ceremonies in Gorehaga in the suburbs of North Lakhimpur on July 2 have tested COVID-19 positive. Before that, there were 22 cases from the two marriage functions.
Earlier, the DC declared three new areas � Mauzadar Path in Khelmati, Bahadurchuk and Goreahaga in North Lakhimpur � as containment zones. The recent spike in cases has created concern among the public as some markets were allowed to open by local bodies without taking permission from the district administration. On July 14, the Lakhimpur ZPC issued a notice to open the weekly bazar of Bangalmara under Nowboicha Revenue Circle. However, it was immediately stopped by the Deputy Commissioner.