AGARTALA: The total number of cases in the north-eastern region went up to 30 on Sunday. Of the 30 positive cases in four NE States - Assam (26), Manipur (2), Mizoram (1) and Arunachal Pradesh (1) — 27, took part in Delhi congregation, while a Manipuri girl and a Mizoram man had tested positive last month after they returned from the UK and the Netherlands, respectively, said officials.
Tripura Health Secretary Debashish Basu on Sunday said that two people from Tripura, who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat congregation, have tested positive for novel coronavirus and now they are in a quarantine center at Bikaner in Rajasthan.
“Eleven people from Tripura’s Boxanagar areas (western Tripura) attended the Tablighi Jamaat event. After attending the meet all the eleven people went to Rajasthan. The officials of Rajasthan government verbally informed us that two of the eleven people have tested positive for novel coronavirus,” Basu told the media.
According to different official sources, at least 800 people from several north-eastern States, mostly from Assam, had either attended or were in vicinity of the Tablighi congregation, forcing all the NE States to launch an all-out search to identify and test these persons. The attendees’ family members and the people they came in close contact with are also being examined or sent to quarantine.
Tripura Health Secretary also said that swab samples of 50 people who had attended the Tablighi meet or went to the Nizamuddin area, have tested negative.Three north-eastern States — Nagaland, Meghalaya and Tripura — are yet to report any positive coronavirus case. (IANS)