13 test positive in Assam, NE on high alert

IANS

GUWAHATI, 1st Apr: Eight more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Assam, who attended the congregation at Nizamuddin in Delhi, taking the tally to 13 so far, state Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said on Wednesday night.

"Eight more COVID-19 pos- itive cases in Assam, taking the total count to 13. All cases are of people who participated in Tablighi Jamaat congregation at Nizamuddin Markaz (in Delhi)," Sarma announced this in a tweet.

Earlier in the day, while ad- dressing the media, the minister said that the Centre has commu- nicated to the state government that 456 people from Assam had attended the congregation or- ganised by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi.

"Out of the 456 people, 230 have been identi ed and 68 have not yet returned to the state. Of the 230 people, swab samples of 196 were collected and these are being tested," Sarma said.

Search is also on to trace out the other unidenti ed people

who have attended the congre- gation.

e minister said four more persons from Assam, who have attended the congregation but still remained in Delhi, have also tested positive for nCov.

"Of the ve tested positive (till Wednesday morning) for COVID-19, a 52-year-old man is undergoing treatment at the Sil- char Medical College and Hospital after his samples tested positive on Tuesday. e four people who tested positive for on Wednesday

are also undergoing treatment in di erent medical colleges and hospitals," Sarma said.

ese people are aged between 19 to 55 years.

According to the minis- ters and o cials of di erent north-eastern states, over 500 people from several northeast- ern states, mostly from Assam, have either attended or visit- ed the vicinity at the religious congregation organised by the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi forcing all the seven northeastern states

to launch an all-out search to identify and test the samples of these attendees. e attendees' family members and the people they came in close contact are also being examined or sent to quarantine.

In Tripura, Education Minister Ratan Lal Nath said at least 22 people from Tripura attended or went to the hotspot at Ni- zamuddin in Delhi. According to the Minister, 15 of the 22 people identi ed and their swab samples were tested negative. Authorities are looking for the remaining seven. " e state cabinet chaired by Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb approved a Rs 233 crore package to deal with coronavirus and related relief to the needy," Nath told media. Deb in a tweet said that if there is anyone from Tripura who attended the reli- gious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat at Hazrat Nizamuddin in the national capital must re- port immediately to the nearest government hospital or should call the control room.

In Manipur, the state gov- ernment o cials said that 14 people who were linked to the

religious congregation held in Delhi's Nizamuddin, have been identi ed.

According to the o cials asso- ciated with the COVID-19 Central Control Room in Imphal, three have been taken for testing and the remaining 11 are being exam- ined. Manipur Director General of Police LM Khaute said anyone from the state who attended the religious congregation or who stayed in the vicinity of the ven- ue or passed near it should get themselves tested at the near- est government hospital failing which legal actions are being contemplated against them.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh also appealed to the people of the state who had attended the congregation to come forward for a COVID-19 test.

In Meghalaya, seven people from the state have attended the religious congregation at Tablighi Jamaat, the Shillong Markaz in- formed to the state police, saying they have not yet returned.

According to the Markaz, of the seven people, ve are cur- rently in Delhi and two are in Lucknow.


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