Screening of passengers at LGBI Airport, Guwahati
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Bhutan’s 1st COVID-19 patient was in Assam; 5 CISF men under lens

US tourist detected with coronavirus in Bhutan had travelled from Guwahati on March 2; had spent a night in city, had also undertaken a 7-day river cruise on Brahmaputra, say reports

Simran Bajaj

Simran Bajaj

Guwahati: Soon after a US tourist tested positive for coronavirus (COVID-19) in Bhutan, Guwahati airport authorities have put five CISF personnel under observation, informed Ramesh Kumar, director, Lokpriya Gopinath Bordoloi International Airport in Guwahati, Assam.

The patient had travelled to Paro International Airport via Drukair flight KB241 from Guwahati, Assam on March 2, informed a press release from Bhutan PM Lotay Tshering earlier on Friday. Following this, as a precautionary step, the authorities have identified five CISF security personnel who may have come in contact with the infected tourist.

They are being kept under observation, said Kumar.

According to Kumar, screening is not carried out for departing passengers, but only for arriving passengers.

As per reports, the patient was touring India from February 21 to March 1. He had started his travel from Washington DC on February 18. The patient was travelling with his partner, aged 59. There were 10 passengers on board, of which eight others were Indian nationals.

Currently, the eight Indian passengers have also been quarantined, and the Bhutanese government is closely working with the Indian Embassy.

As per some reports, the US national had spent a night in Guwahati; he had also undertaken a seven-day river cruise over Brahmaputra river in the state.

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