A four-and-a-half year girl child in Assam, who was suspected to have novel coronavirus (COVID-19) infection, has tested negative.
A second round of test conducted on the child’s samples were found to be negative at a laboratory run by at the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) in Dibrugarh district of the state.
The initial test conducted at the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital (JMCH) on March 21st, 2020 had shown that the child had coronavirus.
However, the child and her family members have been quarantined at the JMCH as a precautionary measure.
“The 4-year-old child who was suspected of Covid-19 and tested in Jorhat Medical College and RMRC, Dibrugarh has been found NEGATIVE. There is no Covid-19 positive case in Assam so far,” Assam Health Minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted on March 22nd, 2020.
The 4 year old child who was suspected of #covid19 and tested in Jorhat Medical College and RMRC, Dibrugarh has been found NEGATIVE. There is no Covid19 positive case in Assam so far. pic.twitter.com/u2pqoJnwTe— Himanta Biswa Sarma (@himantabiswa) March 22, 2020
The girl, her sister and her mother came to Jorhat on March 19th, 2020. Health workers visited the family on March 20th, 2020 and brought them to JMCH as the girl exhibited symptoms.
A sample was taken for testing and the result came positive for coronavirus.
The Assam government has taken a slew of measures to fight against coronavirus like ordering 50 per cent employees to work from home on a rotation basis, stamping all passengers arriving through any mode of transport, shutting educational institutes and other mass gathering spots
The Assam government has also said it will send $2,000 to all the people from Assam stranded abroad for over 30 days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a ‘Janata curfew’ from 7 am to 9 pm on March 22nd, 2020 in a bid to stop the chain of transmission. Public transport – from trains to buses – will not run and all restaurants, shops excluding pharmacies and grocery stores will be closed in Assam.
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