The organisers have postponed the first-ever Kaziranga Utsav which was slated to take place at the world heritage site from March 12th to 15th, 2020 in wake of the new coronavirus (COVID-19) scare.
The Assam government sounded coronavirus alert across the state after a 76-year-old tourist from the United States tested positive for coronavirus in Bhutan. The American tourist had spent time in Assam before visiting the neighbouring Himalayan country.
The Golaghat district administration said that the decision has been taken to prevent mass gatherings. The announcements came in line with expert advice for people to reduce mass events to check the coronavirus spread.
The health experts have advised people against mass gathering for celebrating Holi so as to prevent the spread of the deadly COVID-19.
As a precautionary measure, 400 people in Assam have been quarantined after they came in contact with an American tourist who tested positive for the COVID-19.
The Golaghat district administration also conducted medical check-ups of all the people who worked with the US tourist during his visit to the national park. A medical team from Golaghat district also opened a special isolation ward at the Kohora Model Hospital.
The American tourist had taken jungle safari in Kaziranga National Park. The elephant mahouts along with a Gypsy driver who came in contact with the American tourist were examined by a team of medical experts.
The foreign tourists staying in Kaziranga are monitored and examined by the health department to combat the spread of the deadly coronavirus.
On the other hand, the 33rd Guwahati Book Fair, scheduled to be held from March 14th to 25th, 2020 at Chandmari field, has been put on hold indefinitely amid novel coronavirus outbreak.
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