As many as 400 people in Assam have been quarantined after they came in contact with an American tourist who tested positive for the new coronavirus (COVID-19).
In a series of tweets, Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said five people have been tested so far and the results have come negative.
A 76-year-old US national, who tested positive in Bhutan, had travelled through Assam recently.
Sarma also asked the people of the state not to panic and observe all protocols including personal hygiene.
“State Health Dept has traced more than 400 contacts in different places including MV Mahabahu (cruise ship) and resorts where he stayed. Teams of doctors and microbiologists have been keeping a close watch on these people who have been quarantined,” he tweeted.
Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Pijush Hazarika told reporters that the river cruise ship MV Mahabahu, on which the US tourist had travelled from Guwahati on the Brahmaputra has been quarantined at a distance away from docking Neematighat in the Jorhat district of Assam. The cruise has 22 guests and 29 crew members.
The second floor of the Radisson Blu Hotel in Guwahati, where the American tourist had stayed on March 1st, 2020, before taking a flight to Paro International Airport in Bhutan on March 2nd, 2020, has been sealed and sanitised. The floor has 18 rooms.
The Health Minister further said the health department has taken all possible measures to combat the virus.
“In the aftermath of an American tourist declared positive for coronavirus while in Bhutan, state health officials have swung into action,” he added.
“Teams of doctors and microbiologists have been keeping a close watch on these people who have been quarantined,” Sarma tweeted.
The health department has tracked the US national’s stay to Thengal Manor bungalow in Jorhat on February 22nd, 2020. The staff of Thengal Manor have been placed in isolation and a health team will be monitoring their status daily. They are all asymptomatic
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