NALBARI, April 1 - One Arshad Ali from Shamli district in Uttar Pradesh has been tested positive for COVID-19 at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) today.
The 19-year-old was part of a 11-member team from the north Indian state that arrived here on March 21 after attending the congregation at Nizamuddin that has become the latest hotspot of novel coronavirus infection in India.
The team members, who were assigned to visit various mosques in the district for missionary purposes, were staying at a moqtab near Mallapara Musafirkhana of the town since their arrival in Assam.
All the eleven persons were last evening admitted at the Swahid Mukunda Kakati Civil Hospital here for thorough check-up for novel coronavirus and among them, Arshad tested positive for COVID-19. The youth is now undergoing treatment at the isolated ward of the civil hospital.
According to sources, the eleven members of the team from Uttar Pradesh came to Nalbari by the Brahmaputra Mail and they took shelter at the moqtab.
During the last week, however, they remained confined at the moqtab due to nationwide lockdown.
In the aftermath of Nizamuddin event, the Nalbari district administration brought all the eleven persons along with 13 others to the civil hospital where the health department collected their blood samples that were sent to the GMCH for necessary tests.
Talking to this correspondent, the deputy commissioner said the district administration has also traced the four persons who welcomed the team from Uttar Pradesh at Nalbari railway station.
He said the administration had information that 29 people from Nalbari district attended the Nizamuddin programme and 24 persons have already been traced and admitted at the hospital. The rest five are still in New Delhi, he added.
Meanwhile, the district authorities have completely sealed the Mallapara area of the town.