GUWAHATI, April 29 - Noting that the 16-year-old girl who tested positive for COVID-19 in Bongaigaon yesterday had come into contact with a positive patient 36 days ago, the State health department today said there could be �another contact in between� and the case needs to be studied minutely to verify if it was a case of community transmission.
�The girl was in home quarantine. She had come into contact with her grandfather � who is a COVID-19 patient � 36 days ago. We need to find out if there is another person in the cycle who got the infection from her grandfather which later transmitted to her,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said, informing that the further investigation is required into the case and the Bongaigaon DC has been has been asked to study it minutely.
Suspecting that the girl might have made more social contact as she was in home quarantine and not in facility quarantine, Sarma said he himself will visit Bongaigaon tomorrow to probe the matter.
�We have been apprehending a second wave of infection if the inter-state movement is allowed, and our fear has been substantiated by the positive cases detected outside the State. This has also ruled out a theory that Assamese people are immune to the virus,� Sarma said, laying emphasis on the need to be extremely cautious while allowing people to come into the State from outside.
Meanwhile, two cured patients � Hazrat Ali (35) of Dhubri and Samirul Haque (22) of Goalpara � were discharged today. With this, the total number of cured patients rose to 29. The number of active cases at present is seven.