GUWAHATI, May 14 - Seven persons, including a 13-year-old child, who had returned from Mumbai in bus and reached here on Tuesday have tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total number of cases in the State to 85. The seven new COVID-19 cases include three cancer patients, three of their attendants and a child with heart ailments. The adults were identified as Manoranjan Saha, Pradip Kumar Bania, Gopindra Chandra Malakar, P Basudev Patowari, Nilakantha Deb, Mina Rani Bania. After arrival, all were quarantined at Raddison Blu hotel and their samples taken for test.
�Seven of the returnees have tested positive. We have taken them to GMCH where they will be admitted. The child will be given a separate room where her mother, even though she is not infected, can also stay. The others will be admitted at the COVID ward,� Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said.
All the other returnees have tested negative and they have been sent for home quarantine to their respective home districts in ASTC buses.
A total of 132 cancer patients and attendants as well as six children and their parents had reached Guwahati in six buses on Wednesday night after starting off from Mumbai on May 9. The oldest patient brought from Mumbai was 75-year-old and the youngest was only around 18 months.
Earlier, COVID-19 tests were carried out among the returnees when they were at Assam Bhavan in Mumbai and four persons had tested positive. They were hospitalized and it is learnt that all of them were discharged after being cured.
However, some who returned in the six buses were not from Assam Bhavan. They were staying elsewhere in Mumbai.
Joint Resident Commissioner of the Assam Bhawan, Mumbai, Devashis Sharma who had accompanied the patients is on his way back to Mumbai along with 12 drivers and one of Assam Bhavan employees.