Sigh of relief as 10 attendees of Athgaon mosque test negative


Guwahati: The state health department took a sigh of relief after 10 attendees of the congregation at Athgaon Kabarsthan Mosque tested negative on Friday.

Notably, the masjid area was declared a coronavirus containment zone after three positive cases of the state were linked to a meeting held at the mosque on March 12.

Revealing the information, Joint Director, Health Services, Dr.Ramesh Chandra Dwivedy said the swab results of all the 10 persons from Hailakandi who attended the religious congregation at Athgaon Kabarastan Mosque in Guwahati, received from the Silchar Medical College and Hospital turned out to be negative. "It's a great sigh of relief for all of us," said Dr.Dwivedy.

Meanwhile, a letter mailed by DCP North, Delhi Police, Monika Bhardwaj to SP, Hailakandi stated that a COVID patient named Liquat Ali, a resident of village Kapnar Park, PO Kalibari, Tehsil Algapur of Hailakandi district of Assam has been found in Delhi. The IPS officer stated that it verified the information received from the Special Branch. She also asked SP, Hailakandi to make necessary verification at his end 'as there is a huge possibility that he may have infected his family members and contacts'.

On getting the information from the police administration, health authorities here swung into action on Thursday evening.

Dr. Dwivedy disclosed that Ali had gone to Delhi on February 22. He ruled out the possibility of the family members of Ali getting infected as he had gone to Delhi almost two months ago. He further said the surveillance team under the health department had visited Ali's residence to inquire about the health status of his family members twice on Thursday and Friday. "We inquired about the health condition of the family members and close contacts and found them in fine fettle," added Dr.Dwivedy.

Hailakandi is one of the seven districts of Assam which falls under the non-hotspot category, the other districts being Cachar, Karimganj, Kamrup, Kamrup (Metro), Lakhimpur and South Salmara-Mankachar.

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