Tinsukia: A four-and-a-half-year-old child has tested positive for COVID-19 aka novel coronavirus in Assam’s Jorhat district on Saturday night, making it the first case in Northeast India.

The development comes at a time when there is a sharp rise in number of positive cases of coronavirus in the country.

Confirming the development, Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshani A Korati said that a positive case has been recorded at Jorhat Medical College & Hospital (JMCH). “The samples of a four-and-a-half-year-old girl child, who came to Jorhat from Bihar on March 19 along with her sister and mother, has tested positive today.”

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On Friday, ASHA, ANM and MPW visited the family’s residence at Pulibor in the town and brought them to JMCH as the girl showed some symptoms similar to coronavirus. “Her sample was collected and it tested positive,” she added.

Korati said: “We have sent the sample to ICMR laboratory in Lahowal for recheck and the final result is expected tomorrow afternoon.”

“We have started contact tracing. Everybody is being placed under home isolation, including the ASHA, ANM and MPM workers,” Korati said, adding, “The family has been shifted to JMCH isolation ward.”

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