LAKHIMPUR: On the 17th day of the lockdown initiated in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 pandemic, the number of people advised for home quarantine in Lakhimpur district increased up to 4085 on Friday. The Health Department stamped 29 more people of the district for home isolation on Wednesday, 26 on Thursday and 20 on Friday. Notably, these people who were suggested for home quarantine in the recent past days, kept their fact of coming from other states concealed. At present, they are compelled to disclose their travel history and then they were stamped for home quarantine of late. However, a total 323 people, coming from their workplace of other states, completed their home quarantine period of 28 days on Friday as per information found from the District Health Department.
The District Health Department sent no swab sample for COVID-19 test to Regional Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory, ICMR, RMRC, Lahoal of Dibrugarh district on Thursday and Friday. Though a swab sample of a youth under Dhakuakhana subdivision was sent on Wednesday, the result of the same was intimated to the District Health Department on Friday and the result occurred negative for COVID-19. On Tuesday night, this youth was admitted in the mass quarantine facility of Telahi Model Hospital located at Bochagaon which is at present used as COVID-19 hospital of the district. Along with the youth, the COVID-19 patient of the district Babu Ali and other 13 people, who came in contact with him, have been under observation in that hospital.
Notably, a total of fifty swab samples were sent to the said ICMR for COVID-19 test during the past days from Lakhimpur district. Out of them 49 swab samples of the suspected coronavirus exposure were tested negative while the swab sample of Nijamuddin Jamat congregation attendee Babu Ali of the district was tested positive for the highly contagious disease.
A total of other 38 people have been observed in mass quarantine facility in various establishments of North Lakhimpur town. Out of them, there are 17 people in North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital, while 6 are in Punjab Hotel and 15 are in Lakhimpur Kendriya Mahavidyalaya campus.
On the other hand, the Lakhimpur District Health Department has once again appealed to all to maintain social distancing and to follow other basic protective measures against the novel coronavirus order to keep the pandemic at bay. Emphasis is laid on maintaining of social distancing and respiratory hygiene so that the modes of transmission of the pandemic can comprehensively be controlled.
In this regard, the District Health Department appealed all to follow the advisories of the State government and the suggestions of the World Health Organization (WHO). According to WHO, respiratory infections can be transmitted through droplets of different sizes. When the droplet particles are >5-10 µm in diameter they are referred to as respiratory droplets, and when then are <5µm in diameter, they are referred to as droplet nuclei. According to current evidence, COVID-19 virus is primarily transmitted between people through respiratory droplets. Droplet transmission occurs when a person is in close contact (within 1 m) with someone who has respiratory symptoms (e.g., coughing or sneezing) and is therefore at risk of having his/her mucosae (mouth and nose) or conjunctiva (eyes) exposed to potentially infective respiratory droplets.