Samples have been collected and will be sent to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) 
Samples have been collected and will be sent to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) |Representational image
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Arunachal girls on flight with Mizoram COVID19 patient quarantined

2 girls from state, who sat next to coronavirus-infected Mizoram man on Indigo flight from New Delhi to Guwahati on March 16, put under home quarantine in Tawang

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Irani Sonowal Lepcha

Itanagar: Two girls have been put under home quarantine in Tawang, Arunachal Pradesh after they were found to have travelled on the same flight from New Delhi to Guwahati on March 16 as the 50-year-old Mizoram man who tested positive for COVID-19 recently.

Both of them sat just next to the infected man on the Indigo flight 6E 939.

Their samples have been collected by officials in Tawang and will be sent to Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) late in the evening on Thursday, said P Parthiban, secretary, health and family welfare, government of Arunachal Pradesh.

“We are expecting the results by Friday evening,” he said.

The two girls were seated on 16D and 16E while the Mizoram man was seated on 16F. The girls are currently in Tawang and have been home quarantined, said reports.

As per reports, the 50-year-old man from Aizawl with recent travel history to Holland recently tested positive for coronavirus aka COVID-19, making it the first confirmed case in Mizoram and the second in Northeast India so far.

The man along with his wife and two children -- who accompanied him on his trip to Europe -- have been kept at an isolation ward in Zoram Medical College (ZMC). His sample was tested at the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital in Guwahati, Assam, which declared it positive.

This was confirmed by health minister R Lalthangliana at a press meet in Aizawl on Wednesday afternoon.

The man returned from Holland with his family on March 16 and was detected on March 22. They were admitted to ZMC on Tuesday night and put into isolation ward immediately.

Officials said they are now going to disinfect his home and its surroundings. They have also contacted all the other passengers who were on the same flight with the infected person, the minister said.

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