Guwahati: A fresh Covid-19 positive case has been detected in the Queen's Garden apartments opposite the Nakshatra Hotel in Beltola, Guwahati, on Monday.
"A gentleman who resides in a flat on the third floor of the building has tested positive for the virus. He reportedly runs a business establishment in Athgaon area, and it is believed that he picked up the infection from there. The man lives with his wife, children, and elderly mother", a resident of the building told The Sentinel Digital under the condition of anonymity.
This development bears extra significance as the area in which the COVID case has been found -- has so far largely remained free from the tentacles of the virus. Furthermore, it is not among the most volatile areas in the city, which have traditionally fallen under 13 wards that were locked down by the Government days before the total lockdown came into effect. It is, however, one of the more crowded areas in the city and the site of the historic Beltola Bazar that too was suspended temporarily by the Government due to massive crowds that habitually throng the place on market days. However, Athgaon, where the patient runs a business, is indeed one of the coronavirus hotspots in the city area.
Meanwhile, the city, Assam's largest, continues to report a massive spike in the number of COVID cases. On Sunday, the day when the Government brought another 14-day lockdown period of effect, as many as 195 cases were detected in the city, out of a total 327 across Assam.
The lockdown, hailed as timely by some, and as a hindrance by others, has been called into effect by the Government to arrest the spread of the coronavirus in Guwahati, where, alarmingly, hundreds of cases without any travel history whatsoever have been reported.