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Covid-19: As Assam Crosses 200 Case-Mark, Here is a Look back on the Timeline

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Assam was reported on 31 March 2020 in Badarpur, Karimganj.

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Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  21 May 2020 2:56 PM GMT

Guwahati:

Amid a sharp spike in the number of coronavirus virus across the country as citizens return back to their native places, Assam crossed the 200-mark.

The state, which reported its first case of the virus on March 31 when a 52-year-old Delhi retuned man from Karimganj district tested positive, the number of cases continued to slowly inch upwards. In more recent times, after the return of its citizens who were stuck in other states, the numbers have risen significantly in keeping with the trend across the country. Here is a look back at how Assam breached the 200-case barrier in just under two months.

March

The first confirmed case of coronavirus in Assam was reported on 31 March 2020 in Badarpur, Karimganj, after a 52-year-old man returning from Nizamuddin Markaz tested positive at the Silchar Medical College.

April

On 1 April, four more people, three from Jagiroad and one from Nalbari, tested positive for coronavirus at Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), increasing the number of cases to 5. All five patients had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference at Nizamuddin Markaz. The same day, eight more patients from Golaghat tested positive, bringing the total number to 13. All patients had attended the Nizamuddin Markaz gathering.

On 2 April, three new coronavirus cases were detected in Assam. Three persons from Goalpara who had attended the Tablighi Jamat conference at Nizamuddin Markaz were diagnosed with coronavirus. The total number of coronavirus cases in Assam now numbered 16.

On 3 April, four new coronavirus cases were detected in Assam's Nalbari and South Salmara. All had attended the conference at Nizamuddin Markaz. The same day, three more positive cases were confirmed, including the first case in Guwahati, the state capital. Two of these cases were connected with the event at Nizamuddin Markaz.

On 4 April, a coronavirus case was confirmed in each of the following locations in Assam: Golaghat, the town of North Lakhimpur and Cachar district. In all three cases, the patient had attended the conference at Nizamuddin Markaz.

On 7 April, a person linked to the same conference was diagnosed coronavirus-positive in Chapar, Dhubri district. The same day, one more COVID-19 case, in a person with a history of travel to Saudi Arabia who had also attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference, was detected in Assam's Hailakandi district. This was the first case in Assam of COVID-19 in a person who had travelled outside India.

On 9 April, a person was diagnosed coronavirus positive in Bilasipara at Dhubri district. The person had been in contact with a coronavirus patient from the same district, so this was a case of infection indirectly related to the Tablighi Jamaat conference.

On 10 April, Assam reported its first COVID-19-linked death in Hailakandi district. A 65-year-old man suffering from pneumonia who had been to Saudi Arabia and then visited Nizamuddin Markaz died in the early morning at Silchar Medical College and Hospital.

On 13 April, another person linked to Nizamuddin Markaz tested positive for COVID-19 at Barpeta Medical College in Assam's Dhubri district.[39][40] On the same day, a patient from Assam's Goalpara district tested positive for COVID-19 after coming into contact with a person associated with Nizamuddin Markaz.

On 14 April, another person tested positive for COVID-19 in Dhubri district. The patient was the wife of a COVID-19-positive patient who had attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference and then travelled to an event at the Athgaon Kabristhan mosque which became a COVID-19 hotspot in Assam.

On 15 April, two COVID-19 patients from Morigaon district with links to the Tablighi Jamaat conference were reported recovered from the disease. They were released from Sonapur district hospital after their samples were found to be negative in repeated tests.

On 16 April, two people from Lahorighat in Morigaon district tested positive for COVID-19. The patients had come into contact with a COVID-19-positive person who attended the Tablighi Jamaat conference.[47][48] The same day, three COVID-19 patients from Goalpara district who had recovered from the disease were discharged from Goalpara Civil Hospital.

On 17 April, four more COVID-19 patients were reported recovered from the disease after their samples were found negative in four successive tests. All were from Golaghat district and were linked with the Tablighi Jamaat conference. They were released from Swahid Kushal Konwar Civil Hospital.

On 18 April, Three more COVID-19 patients were discharged from two different hospitals. Two patients from Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati and one patient from Silchar Medical College and Hospital were released after their results of 3-4 successive tests came negative.

On 19 April, Five more COVID-19 patients were discharged from two different hospitals. Four patients from Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati and one patient from Gauhati Medical College and Hospital[56] were released after their results of 3-4 successive tests came negative.

On 20 April, two more COVID-19 patients were discharged from two different hospitals. One patient from Sonapur Civil Hospital and one patient from Telahi Model Hospital in Lakhimpur district were released after their results of 2-3 successive tests came negative.

On 23 April, another person tested positive for COVID-19 in Bilasipara at Dhubri district. The patient came in contact with a COVID-19-positive patient who had attended the Athgaon Kabristhan mosque event which became a COVID-19 hotspot in Assam.

On 26 April, Eight more COVID-19 patients were discharged from two different hospitals. Four patients from Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati and the other four from Golaghat Hospital were released after their results of 3-4 successive tests came negative.

On 28 April, A 16-year-old girl from Salmara in Bongaigaon district has tested positive for coronavirus. The girl is the secondary contact of a Nizamuddin Markaz attendee and also the youngest patient as of now.[66][67] On the same day, a patient from Assam's Goalpara district has tested positive for COVID-19 who is also the secondary contact of a Nizamuddin Markaz attendee in Delhi.

On 29 April 2020, two COVID-19 patients, one from Dhubri district and another from Goalpara district were reported recovered from the disease. They have been discharged from Mahendra Mohan Chourdhury Hospital in Guwahati after their samples were found to be negative in repeated tests.

On 30 April, four new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Bongaigaon district. On the same day, one more COVID-19 positive case was detected in Karimganj district, making the state tally to 42. The patient came in contact with a COVID-19 positive patient from the same district, who was an attendee of the Nizamuddin Markaz event.

May

On 1 May, three more COVID-19 patients were reported recovered from the disease. Two patients from Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and one patient from Golaghat Hospital have been discharged after their samples were found to be negative in repeated tests.

On 5 May, another person tested positive for COVID-19 in Goalpara district, taking the state tally to 43. The person who tested positive was under containment zone. On the same day, one more person tested positive for coronavirus in Kokrajhar district, taking the state tally to 44. The person who tested positive have a travel history of Cooch Behar in West Bengal.

On 6 May, two more COVID-19 patients were reported recovered from the disease, including the first COVID-19 patient of Assam. One patient from Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital and one patient from Silchar Medical College and Hospital have been discharged after their samples were found to be negative in repeated tests.

On the same day, a person tested positive for COVID-19 in Cachar district, taking the state tally to 45. The person who tested positive is a dreaded criminal against whom there are several cases. The person came to Silchar by bus from Ajmer where he visited the Ajmer Sharif. The person is a resident of Sonitpur district.

On 7 May, four people from Cachar district tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 49. All the positive patients came to Silchar from Ajmer by bus. They came in contact with another person tested positive yesterday, who was travelling on the same bus with them. On the same day, four more people from Guwahati tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 53. One patient from the four tested positive, had come from outside Assam and was in home quarantine.

Another patient is a doctor of GMCH who is also a PG student of GMCH. Late night, Assam reported its second COVID-19 death in Guwahati. A 16-year-old girl who was suffering from cancer died due to coronavirus on that day but her swab tested positive for the deadly virus after her death which was a serious mistake committed by the doctors by not testing her samples before her death.

On 8 May, three more people from Cachar district tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 56. All the positive patients also came to Silchar from Ajmer by bus. They came in contact with another person tested positive a day before yesterday, who was travelling on the same bus with them. On the same day, two more people from Cachar district tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 58. The patients tested positive have also came from Ajmer Sharif Dargah in Rajasthan. At the end of the day, one more people from Guwahati tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 59. The person who tested positive is a student of Regional Dental College in Guwahati.

On 9 May, three more people tested positive for COVID-19 in Jorhat district, taking the state tally to 62. The patients includes an Ambulance driver who drove the other two persons tested positive. The driver has been sent back to Mumbai while the other 2 positive patients are under treatment at JMCH.

On 11 May, two more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Guwahati, taking the state tally to 64. One of them is originally from Morigaon district who had tested positive in Guwahati. On the same day, five more COVID-19 patients were reported recovered from the disease. All the patients have been discharged from Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (Guwahati), after their samples were found to be negative in repeated tests.

On 13 May, 15 more persons tested positive for COVID-19 in Guwahati, taking the state tally to 79. All the patients came in contact with another person tested positive a day before yesterday at Guwahati's Fancy Bazaar.

On 14 May, seven more people from Guwahati tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 86. The persons who tested positive are cancer patients, heart patients and attendants who came from Mumbai.

On 15 May, one more COVID-19 patient reported recovered from the disease. The patient have been discharged from SMCH after the patient's sample found to be negative in repeated tests. On the same day, three more people from Guwahati tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 89. One of the persons was in quarantine at the Sarusajai stadium, and one was an indoor patient of GMCH and another has migrated to West Bengal.

On 16 May, two more people from Guwahati tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 91. The patients includes a barber and a cart-puller who came in contact with a migrant worker who worked in a potato godown and had tested positive a couple of days ago. On the same day, one more person from Sonitpur district tested positive for coronavirus, taking the state tally to 92.

On 17 May, two more people from Guwahati tested positive for coronavirus, increasing the number of cases to 94. The patients have been shifted to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital in Guwahati. On the same day, one more person from Sivasagar district tested positive for coronavirus, taking the state tally to 95. The patient is a young boy who tested positive at Jorhat quarantine centre.

The same day, another person tested positive for COVID-19 in Jorhat district, taking the state tally to 96. The patient is a nine-year-old boy who returned from Delhi with his family and came in contact with another patient tested positive earlier in the day.

The same day, another person tested positive for coronavirus in Cachar district, taking the state tally to 97. The patient, a 28-year-old, had returned from Chennai yesterday and has been sent to SMCH after he tested positive today.

Late Night, three more people tested positive for coronavirus at Sarusajai Quarantine Centre in Guwahati, taking the state tally to 100. The patients tested positive are returnees from other parts of the country, two from Mumbai and one from Bihar.

On 18 May, two more persons, one from Titabor in Jorhat district and another from Nagaon district, tested positive for coronavirus. Both of them tested positive at quarantine centres. On the same day, two more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Golaghat district. The same day, Assam registers it's third COVID-19 death after a cancer patient, who returned from Mumbai, breathed his last at the GMCH.

The same day, two more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Cachar district, taking the state tally to 106. The same day, two more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Golaghat district.

Late night, seven more persons tested positive for coronavirus in Guwahati, taking the state tally to 115. Three of them tested positive at Sarusajai quarantine centre, another three are related with potato godown at Fancy Bazaar containment zone and one of them died at GMCH prior to detection, which resulted in a 2nd COVID-19 death in a single day taking the total death toll to 4.

On 19 May, 42 more persons; 20 from Guwahati, 7 from Kamrup, 2 each from Hojai, Biswanath, Nalbari, Jorhat, Golaghat, Karimganj, Nagaon and 1 from Kokrajhar, tested positive for coronavirus in Assam, taking the total tally to 157. The patients include returnees from Chennai and Darjeeling. It also includes a two-month-old baby. Two of the patients are contacts of a cancer patient died yesterday and remaining cases are from Sarusajai quarantine centre.

On 20 May, 28 more persons; 15 from Guwahati, 8 from Hojai, 2 from Sonitpur, 1 each from Karimganj, Kamrup and Nagaon tested positive for coronavirus, taking the state tally to 185. Most of the patients tested positive at the respective quarantine centres. The same day, 7 patients; 4 from SMCH, 2 from JMCH and 1 PG student from GMCH were reported recovered from the disease and were also discharged from the hospital.

On 21 May, Four cases were detected at the Barpeta Medical College. In the afternoon, two persons quarantined at the Kokrajhar centre also tested positive. In the evening, eight persons – 3 from Kokrajhar, 2 from Sivasagar, 2 from Dhubri, and 1 from Dibrugarh tested positive. Again, around 20:00 hours, Assam Finance and Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma, informed that four persons – including the first cases from West Karbi Anglong and one each from Darrang and Udalguri were tested positive.

Sourced from Wikipedia and Himanta Biswa Sarma Twitter

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