New Delhi: Assam on Tuesday reported its first case of the deadly coronavirus after a 52-year-old man tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam’s Silchar on Tuesday. The contagious disease has gripped the entire globe and infected over 1,200 people in India. Also Read - Goa Lockdown News: Section 144, Night Curfew Imposed in Goa Till August 10 Due to COVID-19 Outbreak
While the person is undergoing treatment at the Silchar Medical College and Hospital, fears have been growing in the state after it was fond that several Assamese people were present at the Delhi mosque gathering in Nizamuddin earlier this month. Also Read - COVID-19 Positive: After Rekha, Farhan Akhtar’s Security Guard Tests Positive
Responding to queries on Twitter about the patient’s travel history and other details, Assam Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said that all “needful follow up was being done”. Also Read - West Bengal Lockdown: Vegetable Prices Double With No Buyers, High Transport Cost Amid COVID-19
Meanwhile, he also mentioned that two lists were released, consisting 299 persons in the first and 157 persons in the second list of those who had gone to attend the religious congregation arranged by Tablighi Jamaat.
“The state government has directed the deputy commissioner to see whether they (attendees) have already come back to Assam and if they have, then they should be quarantined within the next 2 hours. They will also be tested immediately,” he added.
A nationwide search is on for participants of Nizamuddin gathering which has become the new epicentre of the pandemic after six people who attended the event died of the disease.
Thousands of participants of the Tablighi Jamaat held in mid-March in Nizamuddin, which also is home to a famous Dargah, are feared to have returned to their homes in virtually every state including Telangana, West Bengal, Karnataka and Gujarat carrying the infection to the length and breadth of the country. Many of these states have already reported COVID-19 cases linked to the event.