GUWAHATI, May 14 - If the number of COVID-19 positive cases in Guwahati�s Fancy Bazar rises, the Assam government may go for a Nizamuddin-type mobile tracking to trace people who were in the area during the last six days and screen them, Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said today.
Following the detection of fifteen positive cases yesterday, swab samples of around 340 contacts were taken and sent for tests today.
�If the cases jump from fifteen to 30/40, we will go for a mobile tracking to trace all those people who were there during the last six days. We have already asked Assam Police to be on the job,� Sarma said, adding that such people will be screened, if not tested.
He urged all those who had come into contact with the positive people to report to the government �to make the government�s job easier.�
The fifteen COVID-19 positive people of Fancy Bazar tested yesterday are contacts of a hotel worker, Mangru Sahani, the first case in the area. One is a barbar from the Kumarpara area who did haircut of over 70 people, including Sahani�s. Another is the manager of the hotel where Mangru worked. A driver, a tea shop owner and two stranded persons lodged in the hotel also have tested positive.
Four areas in and around Fancy Bazar have been declared as containment zones.
The minister further said the government had anticipated that few people in the buses from Mumbai might test positive and as such utmost precaution was taken.
�A special protocol was followed so that the virus does not spread. The hotel staff at Radisson Blu where they were quarantined was equipped with PPE. Before making the test results positive, we evacuated the patients from the hotel to GMCH and transported the others to their home districts,� he added.