Another 2 persons who travelled in bus that ferried people from Rajasthan to Cachar test positive for COVID-19 in Assam; total cases soar to 58 in the state
Guwahati: Two more persons have tested positive for COVID-19 in Assam. The patients from Cachar travelled in the bus which ferried people from Rajasthan. With this, the total number of positive cases has reached 58.
Assam health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma took to Twitter to announce the development.
"Alert ~ There are 2 more #COVID19 + patients who travelled in the bus which ferried people from Rajasthan. They're from Cachar district.
North east arrowTotal #COVID19 patients in Assam 58
North east arrowActive cases 23
Update at 9.30 pm / May 8."
The fresh cases have come just a few hours after Sarma announced that three persons who were on board the bus from Ajmer, Rajasthan to Cachar tested positive for coronavirus.
A bus carrying stranded passengers from Ajmer had entered the state on Wednesday following which, on screening, one person was tested positive, which was the 45th case of Assam. Subsequently, four other co-passengers also tested positive, followed by two more now. So far, 10 people travelling on that bus from Ajmer have tested positive for COVID-19.
Addressing a press meet earlier on Friday, the minister had said that so far, of all cases that have come forward, the 45th was the most viral.
Since many travellers of that bus were earlier sent for home quarantine, several villages/areas in Cachar district have been declared as containment zones. Up to 150 contacts have been detected so far.