DERGAON, April 2 - The Golaghat district administration is on high alert following the detection of eight persons who were tested positive on Wednesday for COVID-19.
The persons namely, Wahida Begum (32) and Anowar Hussain (35) from Dighalipam, Dergaon; Yakub Ali (51) from Rampur Merapani; Saleha Begum (45) from Bhelouguri Merapani; Ruma Begum (39) from Rampur Merapani; Jesmina Begum (45) from Islampur Merapani and Hydar Ali (62) and Elina Begum (45) from Dhulia Gaon, Marangi have been declared COVID-19 positive by the government.
All these persons reportedly returned from Delhi after attending the Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz during March 22-24.
These persons were found positive among the 11 persons who returned from Nizamuddin.
They are now undergoing treatment at the Golaghat Civil Hospital with another four persons having some minor symptoms.
Golaghat Deputy Commissioner (DC) Bibhash Ch Modi informed that their treatment is going on.
�Eighteen more samples and two repeat cases have been sent for testing at Jorhat on Thursday,� the DC said.
�The Golaghat district administration tracked a large number of persons in the district who had come in contact with the persons who tested positive. As of now, a total of 45 such persons including 12 from the Dergaon area were picked up by the administration for quarantine in hospital. Another 10 to 15 such persons will be picked up tonight,� the DC said.
The administration also made an announcement in the Muslim-dominated areas of the district to help the administration find the persons who got in touch with the persons who were found positive for COVID-19.
State Agriculture Minister Atul Bora took stock of the situation there. Attending a press conference, Bora urged all to be on alert.
�As it is a pandemic, so no one should use social media to give unnecessary communal colour to the spread of this disease,� the minister said.
Talking to this correspondent, Modi said several hospitals, nursing hostels, marriage halls, etc., have been made mass quarantine halls.
Health Minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma is likely to visit Golaghat to take stock of the prevailing situation.
Similarly, a panic situation is prevailing in Numaligarh Refinery Limited (NRL) as three employees of the refinery met the party which returned from Nizamuddin. However, all the three employees have been quarantined.