Itanagar: Much to the relief of the people in Arunachal Pradesh, the test results of the family members of the first COVID-19 positive person in the State were found to be negative.
After the confirmed coronavirus case in Medo area of Lohit district on Thursday, the district health authorities collected the swab samples of four of his immediate family members and sent to Dibrugarh in Assam for test which were found to be negative, Chief Minister Pema Khandu informed in a video message on Friday.
Khandu in the message further added that six more non-Arunachalee who took part at Tablighi Jamaat Congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin, were conducted and found negative. The four persons were located at Namsai district in the State.
The State government had so far collected 80 samples from the State and sent to Guwahati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) and Regional Medical Research Centre (RMRC) of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) at Dibrugarh in Assam, out of which 61 tested negative, one tested positive and results of 18 more are awaited, Health department sources informed here.
“The man tested with positive is identified to be a non Arunachali who is now kept in isolation ward in Tezu Zonal Hospital and is reported to be stable and is asymptotic,” Khandu said in the message.
The chief minister requested the people to strictly adhere to social distancing and to follow all safety guidelines.
For unhindered supply of essential commodities, he informed that he had talk with Assam counterpart for free movement of all vehicles carrying essential supplies to Arunachal.