On the intervening night of April 1-2 (at around 12:15am on April 2), Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted about three fresh positive cases of COVID-19 detected in Goalpara, taking the total tally of positive cases to 16 in the state.
Assam on April 1 witnessed a sudden spike in cases when during the day 4 cases were reported while in the evening 8 fresh cases were reported from various parts of the state. On March 31, Assam reported the first COVID-19 positive case.
Sarma stated in his tweet that all the 16 persons reported positive in the state had a travel history traced to Nizamuddin in Delhi where they had attended a religious conglomeration.
Alert ~ 3 more #COVID19 positive cases in Goalpara, Assam, taking the total to 16.
Update at 12:15 am / April 2
— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) April 1, 2020
On April 2 (late night on April 1), Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh tweeted that one more case of COVID-19 was detected in the state, taking the tally to 2.
Adding the two positive cases reported earlier in the Northeast region – one each in Manipur and Mizoram – the total tally in the Northeast now stands at 19.
The respective governments in the Northeast have asked people to voluntarily come forward if they attended the Nizamuddin event so that they can be immediately tested.