Guwahati’s first COVID-19 positive patient wins heart for ‘self declaration’

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The first case of COVID-19 in Guwahati, a businessman who resides at a posh apartment complex in the Zoo Road area of the city, is winning hearts of the netizens for ‘self declaration’ of his medical condition.

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The Guwahati businessman informed through a social media status that he was tested positive for COVID-19 and everyone who he had met in the last two weeks should self quarantine at the earliest. A snapshot of the status has since gone viral on the social media, besides being reported by various media organizations.

The businessman had a travel history to Delhi, although it has been reported that he came back to the city on March 1 itself. He started showing symptoms as late as April 1-2 and was advised for a test by a private doctor in Guwahati.

This is the first COVID-19 positive case in Assam which is not directly linked to the religious conglomeration at Nizamuddin Markaz.

Assam on April 4 had 25 positive cases.

Since reports of COVID-19 outbreak at Nizamuddin Markaz came in, authorities were urging the people to come out and report if they participated in the event. The view was echoed by a majority of the citizens. Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma has multiple times said that there is no stigma associated with the disease and people should keep their surroundings aware of any medical condition. The Assam minister in fact has been naming the patients in press conferences saying that this will make their neighbours aware of the situation and people will be more cautions and self quarantine.


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