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Panic gripped entire Lakhimpur district of Assam as six persons from the district have been identified as participants of Tablighi Jamaat held at Nizamuddin Markaz in Delhi.

On Tuesday night Health department personnel with the help of the police identified them and took away the six persons from different parts of Lakhimpur district and put them in isolation wards at North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital.

One of them, an 80 years old person is being put in ICU at North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital for his age.

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The blood samples of these persons have been sent to the ICMR laboratory at Lahowal, Dibrugarh for confirmation of presence of coronavirus.

According to Lakhimpur district Health department, the reports of blood tests of two persons are declared negative while that of remaining four persons are still awaited.

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The family members of these persons have also been kept in home quarantine for 14 days in Lakhimpur.

Apart from these, another identified attendee of the Nizamuddin Jamaat is reportedly in Kolkata.

So far 3253 persons in Lakhimpur district have been put in home quarantine.

Meanwhile, a person was arrested for posting communal posts in the social media on COVID-19 in North Lakhimpur.

Earlier Assam health minister Dr Himanta Biswa Sarma was in North Lakhimpur to take stock of the situation of preparedness for COVID-19 in Lakhimpur district.

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He visited the North Lakhimpur Civil Hospital and ineracted with the doctors and health workers working in preventing the spread of the deadly disease in the district.

He also visited the site at Kadam, on the outskirts of the town where a special 300 beded COVID-19 hospital would be set up.

Farhana Ahmed

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