SILCHAR: The first COVID case in Barak Valley who was a returnee from different places of the country long after Haj pilgrimage expired at SMCH due mainly to cancer and other old age ailments. He did have symptoms of COVID-19. To put the record straight, in true sense Jamal Uddin, from Nizamuddin religious congregation, tested positive to open the list of positive cases in Cachar. He was treated, cured and released from SMCH. That was in the early part of May. With no other cases, the district administration heaved a sigh of relief. Cachar was declared a free zone. It was a short lived affair. Home bound persons from their working places as well as pilgrimage began to trickle in and with that the situation became critical and then began lockdown and night curfew.
But, the flow of people from outside became a cause of worry. Areas after areas were declared containment zones. This process still continues. But, due to the best of health infrastructure, dedicated doctors and nursing staff, there has been no record of death in the district. Giving details of the 9 returnees on June 26 from Bangalore, Mumbai and UP and a resident of Borkhola of Cachar, all between the ages of 25 and 35, Suman Choudhury, district media expert, said today, all tested positive on June 28 after their throat swab tests. One of them is an IAF personnel posted at Kumbhirgram Air Force base who boarded from an airport of UP. They have been quarantined at different centres excepting two male and one female who have been advised home quarantine. Their condition is stable and improving. Areas of Das Colony, Chandmari and Malugram around the three home quarantined Covid 19 patients have been declared containment zones.
Sharing further details of positive cases of 27 and 28 June admitted at different treatment centres here and outside from Cachar, Suman Choudhury said in SMCH, of the 145 positive cases, 94 have been discharged while active cases are 51. In GMCH, all the three positive cases have been released and of the six positive in Masimpore Army Hospital, all are active cases. One positive case admitted in MMCH has been discharged. In the meantime, 10 more positive cases all with travel history have been admitted in SMCH today who came from different destinations of the country by air. The arrival of Sramik Special today has further added to the tension of the administration.