In Tinsukia, Joint director of health's office has been declared as a containment zone Credit: EastMojo image

Tinsukia: The joint director of health services, Tinsukia, Altaf Ahmed, tested positive for Covid-19 in Rapid Antigen test on Friday, according to officials.

On Friday, 42 fresh cases, including 22 police personnel from Makum police station, were recorded in Assam’s Tinsukia, taking the total tally of positive cases in the district to 456.

The development comes a day after Jorhat district recorded its highest single day surge, adding 92 positive cases, over 10% of the total number of cases recorded in the state on Thursday.

Ambulance taking police personnel from Makum police station after they tested positive

Talking to EastMojo, a source said, “Ahmed’s swab samples have been collected for confirmatory test and till then he has been admitted in the isolation ward of Mohkhooli hospital.”

“All officials who were in close contact of Ahmed has tested negative in Rapid Antigen test,” the source added.

The health department conducted Rapid Antigen test on several officials of deputy commissioner office and health department including deputy commissioner Bhaskar Pegu.

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Earlier, before being tested positive, Ahmed told this correspondent that most of the cases detected today are community level cases and many are from a single police station.

The cases include 33 community level cases without any travel history, 8 high risk primary contacts and two migrant workers. Source added “22 persons belong from Makum police station.”

In Jorhat, out of the 92 cases, 77 cases are community level cases without having any travel history.

A containment zone in Jorhat

According to the deputy commissioner of Jorhat Roshani A Korati, out of 92 cases recorded in the district, 37 are from Jorhat town alone. “77 cases in total are those having no travel history,” she added.

Korati said, with this the total number of Covid-19 cases in the district has surged to 605, of which 349 are active and 2 patients died.

According to a press release by district administration, a total of 54 health workers and 18 police personnel are among the positive patients.

“Several businesman, a journalist who was in home quarantine after returning from Guwahati, several family members of one of the persons who died of heart attack during his Covid-19 treatment at Jorhat Medical College Hospital, bank employees are among those tested positive,” a source added.

On Wednesday night, the district administration issued an order extending the lockdown in the areas under Jorhat Municipal Board for an indefinite period. This time several sub-urban areas have been also included in the lockdown which was promulgated on July 6.

However, the district administration has given some exemption including wholesale grocery shops allowed to remain open from 7 am to 12 noon, grocery shops allowed to remain open from 12 noon to 6 pm and allowing home delivery of grocery items, vegetables and medicines besides ensuring supply chain of essential goods are not hindered in any way.

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