Contact tracing for Covid-19 patient co-passengers completed; Abhijit Sinha

Kohima, April 13 (NE): The Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha IAS briefed on Covid-19 situation and the actions taken by the Government after the report surfaced about a man from Dimapur who tested positive for Covid-19 in Guwahati on Sunday, April 12, 2020.

Sinha informed that on April 11 late night, a patient from Dimapur Nagaland was referred to Guwahati and there he has been detected to be Covid-19 positive on Sunday, April 12, 2020 at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital. The patient is presently under treatment at GMCH, he added.

The patient had returned to Dimapur by Air India Flight No. 709 from Kolkata on March 24, 2020, and contact tracing has been completed for all his co-passengers who were on the same flight from Kolkata. All the joint family members of the patient have been shifted to the Government quarantine Centres.

Further, it is confirmed that the patient is a resident of Marwari Patti and this area along with Murgi Patti and GS Road have been sealed by the District Administration and the Police. The wholesale market at GS Road Dimapur and retail shops at Marwaripatti and Ghorapatty will remain closed until further orders.

The parents and family members of the patient who are presently in Guwahati are undergoing necessary tests.

The Zion Hospital, Dimapur where the patient had received treatment before leaving for Guwahati, has been sealed. The doctors, nurses, all other staff of Zion Hospital and their family members who came into direct and indirect contact with the patient have also been quarantined.

The collection of samples of people in connection with the positive case of the person from Dimapur is going on and till 5:00 pm today, a total of 22 samples from Kohima and 14 samples from Dimapur have been collected for testing, he added.

Further, Sinha concludes by soliciting the support and cooperation of everyone once again for unitedly combating the threat of COVID-19″.

(Source: DIPR)