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The North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) on Saturday reported one suspected case of COVID-19.

The 38-year-old patient has been admitted to the isolation ward after the case was reported in the dermatology ward.

The male patient was referred for a blood test by PK Bhattacharya.

The blood will be sent to the National Institute of Cholera and Enteric Diseases in Kolkata for confirmation.

“One person, who has a travel history to New Delhi, is admitted to the isolation ward of NEIGRIHMS and his situation is presently stable,” said M Marbaniang, State Surveillance Officer.

“There is nothing to panic and I would request the public to keep calm,” she said.

Addressing the media NEIGRIHMS director DM THappa said, “We cannot label any person to be suffering from a disease without confirming it.”

“Tests have been conducted and we will have a final say only after the reports are out,” Thappa added.

He further said that the concerned patient was moving around Shillong and after he was admitted to NEIGRIHMS, he started receiving query calls from the media asking if a suspected coronavirus case is admitted to NEIGRIHMS.

“Various newspapers have been calling me since Friday if a suspected coronavirus patient is admitted to our hospital. Probably he was examined by some private hospital and they might have referred him to NEIGRIHMS,” Thappa added.

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