Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government on Wednesday sent a sample of a person who attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin for a COVID-19 test.
Lohit Superintendent of Police (SP) Dr. Wangdi Thungon informed that the district medical authorities have collected his swab sample and sent to the Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Dibrugarh in Assam on Wednesday.
The 29-year-old person reached Medo in Lohit district of Arunachal Pradesh on March 18 last after attending the Markaz congregation in Delhi' Nizamuddin on March 15.
“He left Nizamuddin on March 16 and since March 24, he is under home quarantine. He is not showing any signs and symptoms even after a lapse of 16 days,” Thungon said.
The result of the test is expected by Thursday evening, the police officer said, adding, if there is any positive signal, those who came in contact with him would be traced. When asked whether the samples of his family members were also sent for test, Thungon informed that since he went to Delhi alone and was under home isolation since he returned, the samples of other members of the family were not collected as of yet.
“If his test result is positive, we will perform the test for other family members also,” the SP added.
Arunachal Pradesh has not reported any COVID-19 cases so far. A total of 36 samples were collected from the state and sent for testing as of today, out of which 33 are negative while the results of four are awaited, State Surveillance Officer (IDSP) Dr. L Jampa informed. Seventeen people are staying in quarantine facilities while, 85 have completed the 14-day quarantine period, he added.
At least six people from Telangana and one from Jammu and Kashmir, who attended the religious congregation in Delhi, have died due to coronavirus.