Suspected Covid-19 patients being transported to various hospitals from the Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi
Members of Tablighi Jamaat being transported to various hospitals from the Nizamuddin Markaz in New Delhi for screening | Photo: Suraj Singh Bisht | ThePrint
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Itanagar/Imphal: A 31-year-old man, who attended a congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West, tested positive for COVID-19 in Lohit district on Thursday, making it the first case of coronavirus in Arunachal Pradesh, health officials said.

The swab sample of the man, a resident of Medo area in the district, was sent for testing to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) at Dibrugarh in Assam and the report came back as positive, Health Secretary P Prathiban said.

The man attended the congregation in Nizamuddin on March 13, officials said.

The district health authority has kept the patient at a special isolation room in the Tezu Zonel Hospital and all his family members are also in a quarantine facility, Prathiban said.

The swab samples of the family members would be collected and sent for testing, he added.

Six more persons who attended the congregation were located in Namsai district and have tested negative for COVID-19, State Surveillance Officer (Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme) L Jampa said.

The patient reached Medo on March 18 after attending the congregation. He left Nizamuddin on March 16 and since March 24 he was under home quarantine and did not show any symptom of coronavirus infection even after 16 days, officials said.

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The police are on job to trace all the persons who came in contact with the infected man, Lohit district SP Wangdi Thungon said.

A total of 58 samples were sent from the state for testing and 38 were found negative till Wednesday, Jampa said.

Another 65-year-old man, who also attended the Nizamuddin’s congregation in Delhi last month is tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to two, Chief Minister N Biren Singh said on Thursday.

He said the development was “very sad and very serious” for a small state like Manipur.

The man, a resident of Lilong area in Thoubal district, is undergoing treatment at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) here.

“Appropriate containment measures and surveillance activities in the patient’s locality has been taken up promptly,” said an official statement.

The state-level control room on COVID-19 said ten people returned to Manipur after attending the religious congregation in Nizamuddin and of them, eight have tested negative.

Earlier, the control room had said 14 people from the state had links to the congregation.

The first case in the state was reported on March 24 when a 23-year-old woman with a travel history to the UK had tested positive.

Also read: Delhi’s Nizamuddin — a bustling blend of history and spirituality, until Covid-19 struck


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