DHUBRI, April 26 - In a bid to check possible coronavirus-infected patients in Dhubri district other than those linked to the Nizamuddin Markaz and Athgaon religious congregations, random samples for COVID-19 tests were collected in Dhubri, Bilasipara and Chapar area today.
It was informed that in each area the health department aims to collect 50 random samples. A total of 150 samples collected randomly from the containment zones of the district will be sent for the COVID-19 test.
It may be mentioned that till date, 5 persons in the district have been detected to be COVID-19 positive. Till now, 4 containment zones have been declared by the administration. Out of these containment zones, two are in Bilasipara, while one each are in Chapar and Dhubri town areas.
�As of now, we are collecting random samples from inhabitants of the containment zones only,� said Joint Director of Health Services Sayed Imdadullah.
Till the time of filing this report, the samples were being collected at the civil hospitals and BPHCs.
The Joint Director of Health Services added: �On being requested by our workers, people from these areas come out voluntarily to these centres where our lab technicians collect the samples.�
He added that they deputed volunteers clusterwise from the containment zones and these random samples will be checked separately from the normal samples that goes for COVID-19 testing.
Meanwhile in an another development, three patients from Dhubri district who were found to be COVID-19 positive earlier, were released from Mahendra Mohan Choudhary Hospital after they were found to be negative during successive tests.
According to administrative official Al Haz Jamal Uddi, the first COVID-19 positive patient of the district, besides the other COVID-19 positive patients of the district have been released and are coming to Dhubri town where they will be kept under observation for 14 more days.
Till date, 2,788 persons are in home qurantine, while 384 persons have been released from mass quarantine, apart from the random samples. In all, 523 samples have been collected from Dhubri district, out of which results of 235 samples are awaited.