As soon as Samim had tested positive all the seven others including the boy had been shifted to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital from the quarantine facility at Kaziranga University.

A nine-year-old boy from Jorhat and another belonging to Geleky in Sivasagsr district tested positive for Covid 19 at the zonal screening centre at Kakodanga in the western outskirts of Jorhat.

The total number of cases in Jorhat now stands at four and in the state at 96.

Jorhat deputy commissioner Roshni A Korati said Farhan Akhtar, a 9-year-old boy from Ward No 3 of the town had come along with Abdul Samim,  a student who had been studying in Delhi University and had tested positive earlier in the day.

As soon as Samim had tested positive all the seven others including the boy had been shifted to the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital from the quarantine facility at Kaziranga University.

All eight had come from Delhi in a Traveller bus along with six others here on May 14.

“The 19-year-old Delhi University student, Abdul Samim has tested positive in Jorhat. We shifted him and his contacts from Kaziranga University quarantine centre to JMCH. His relative, a 9-year-old boy from Ward no. 3, Pujadubi, Jorhat town has also tested positive.

Both are asymptomatic,” the deputy commissioner said.

Korati further said that Samim had traveled from Delhi with his family members and that all of them were asymptomatic and that the rest of the test results were awaited.

The DC said two of them, including Samim were from Geleky, Sivasagar, one from Barapathar, Charaideo and five from Jorhat town.

She further said that they were not connected to the Tablighi Jamaat Markaaz event at Nizamuddin in Delhi which had resulted in spread of Covid-19 across India.

Korati said that though he was asymptomatic all those who came by road were being quarantined here before being sent to their respective districts.

The Kakodanga Covid-19 screening centre serves as the centre for six upper Assam districts Jorhat,  Golaghat, Sivasagar, Dibrugarh, Tinsukia and Charaideo.

On May 9, two women–Mamu Bora (36) and Parishmita Dutta Kalita (27) were tested positive for the infection.

One driver of the ambulance who had come from Mumbai to Jorhat on May 8 had tested positive for Covid-19 and are at present in the Jorhat Medical College and Hospital here.

Another driver of the ambulance, who had gone back before the results were given, was apprehended in Bihar and also quarantined there.

All three had been found to be asymptomatic.

On May 7 six persons from Mumbai had come to Jorhat and the first batch of 37 migrants had come by their own vehicles on Friday.

Deputy Commissioner Roshni A Korati said that out of the 37 people, 13 were from green zone (West Bengal), two from orange zone (Odisha) and 22 are from red zone (Delhi).

The DC further said that 6 had come on Thursday by ambulance from red zones in Maharashtra and Bihar.

On the other hand, the first batch of 37 migrant workers had alighted from the special shramik train at Mariani railway junction here on May 14.

Smita Bhattacharyya

Smita Bhattacharyya is Northeast Now Correspondent in Jorhat. She can be reached at: triptyaddy@gmail.com