River cruise with 22 guests & 29 crew members and a hotel in Jorhat placed in isolation; COVID-19-infected US tourist had travelled to Guwahati via MV Mahabahu Brahmaputra on Feb 23
Tinsukia: The Jorhat administration in Assam on Saturday placed a river cruise, with 22 guests and 29 crew members, and a hotel in the district in isolation over the global coronavirus scare.
The development comes amid reports that a 76-year-old American tourist, having a travel history to Jorhat in the month of February, has tested positive with COVID-19 in Bhutan on Friday, and at a time when 31 positive cases of the deadly coronavirus have been detected in the entire country.
A man from Delhi who had recently visited Thailand and Malaysia became the 31st confirmed case of coronavirus in India.
Speaking with EastMojo, deputy commissioner of Jorhat Roshni Korati said that the patient had travelled to Jorhat on February 22 and proceeded to Guwahati via river cruise MV Mahabahu Brahmaputra on February 23. "The river cruise has returned to Neematighat in Jorhat with 22 guests and 29 crew members on board. All have been placed in isolation in the boat itself, currently stationed in Neematighat."
“We have tracked the American tourist stay at a hotel, Thengal Manor, in Titabor on February 22. The staff of Thengal Manor have been placed in isolation and a health team will be monitoring their status daily. They are all asymptomatic," she added.
"A team of 14 doctors and health workers including eight microbiologists and a doctor from World Health Organization (WHO) has been sent to river cruise to screen the passengers," Korati said, adding, "Those found with symptoms will be brought to Jorhat Medical College and quarantined in the isolation ward and the rest will be kept isolated on the shop for seven more days."
"We are monitoring the issue closely and are equipped to deal with the situation. Hence, there is no need for panic," Korati added.
According to sources, the Bhutan government has traced roughly 90 persons with whom the American tourist came into contact since March 2 when the tourist arrived in Bhutan from India. "The question that is worrying is how many people had come in contact with this American tourist while his week long stay in Assam, and can the government trace each one of them," the source questioned.
Several events related to International Women's Day and Holi have been cancelled across the nation amid the coronavirus scare.