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Assam records rise in Coronavirus cases as returnees of the Tablighi Jamaat event go missing

The outbreak of the novel corona virus is rapidly increasing in all the parts of India. According to reports over 16 COVID-19 positive cases have been reported in the state of Assam. The health minister of Assam has stated that most of the cases detected in the state had attended the religious gathering of Tablighi Jamaat at Delhiā€™s Nizamuddin area which has in no time emerged to become the epicentre for the spread of the novel Coronavirus resulting the escalation of the virus in different parts of the country. Around 400 people have known to return from the religious gathering at Delhi.

Himanta Biswas Sarma, the health minister of Assam has undertaken the efforts of circulating the names of the patient in order for the citizens to know if any have come in contact with the Coronavirus patients in the past days and that they should immediately approach the health care unit for check up voluntarily and ensure that they quarantine themselves. He also stated that he is deliberately publishing the names as 117 people who went for the Tablighi Jamaat gathering are still untraceable. Himanta Biwas Sarma further added that it was the responsibility of the society to identify and report the whereabouts of 117 people evading their location or hiding somewhere in the state. The health minister has also stated that the numbers might increase as they fear that people who returned from the heavily affected areas like Bangalore, Chennai and Kerala are now more vulnerable to the infection even after the completion of their respective quarantine periods. The health minister said that the condition has become very critical and that the lockdown must be maintained strictly to ensure that the situation does not worsen any further.

– Christo Freddy for NMTV News

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