After the detection of seven cases of the dreaded Covid-19 earlier today, the Haflong Market in Dima Hasao district has been declared as a containment zone to curb the further spread of the virus.
Assam's Dima Hasao district, thus far unsullied by the Covid-19 contagion, today reported its first cases of the respiratory illness, giving rise to panic and tensions in the sparsely populated hilly region. 7 positive patients, all returnees from outside Northeast India amid easing of restrictions, were in quarantine in and around Haflong, the administrative headquarters of the district. After the results came in, they are all being taken to the district's main isolation centre at the Haflong Civil Hospital for treatment purpose.
Meanwhile, a situation of panic has arisen in the mostly-tribal Dima Hasao district after emergence of these cases and to diffuse the tensions, the administration and council authorities in the district have ordered the shutting down of all shops and markets in the area.
It is pertinent to mention here that the number of Covid cases in Assam has now surged to 329 with the detection of ten additional cases: 4 from Morigaon, 2 from Nalbari, and 1 each from Nagaon, Hojai, Golaghat and Jorhat, as informed Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma.
📌Alert ~ Fifty three new #COVID19 + cases confirmed - 44 from Sarusajai Quarantine Centre, 7 from Dima Hasao district and 2 from Cachar.— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) May 23, 2020
↗️Total cases 319
↗️Active cases 258
Update 1.40 pm / May 23#AssamCovidCount pic.twitter.com/Z9jZpTsMkS