CORONAVIRUS Fear in Guwahati: COVID-19 patient stayed at Radisson Blu; hotel seals floor

The health department of Assam swung into action when the government came to know that the man had stayed at the Radission Blu hotel in Guwahati.

CORONAVIRUS Fear in Guwahati: COVID-19 patient stayed at Radisson Blu; hotel seals floor
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he US national who tested positive for coronavirus in Bhutan, had spent a day in Guwahati before leaving for Bhutan. The Assam government has decided to quarantine people at the hotel where the man had stay. The US national was staying with his travel partner. The authorities are also trying to track all the places the two tourists visited before travelling to Bhutan.

The health department of Assam swung into action when the government came to know that the man had stayed at the Radission Blu hotel in Guwahati. One floor of the hotel has now been locked up and 26 hotel staffers quarantined. Radission Blu officials said: "The entire floor of the hotel has been cordoned off. Staffers have also been quarantined based on the advice of the state government."

Assam Chief Minister Sorbananda Sonowal asked the people not panic and instead help the government tackle spread of misinformation. Assam government has also decided to start health checkups of foreign tourists staying across the state. Places like Kaziranga, Majuli and others are being searched and information collected.

The Kaziranga festival, scheduled for this month, has also been cancelled.

Meanwhile, several tourists, who have been prevented from entering Bhutan, are stranded on the Bengal-Bhutan border. Sikkim state government also returned five Bangladeshi nationals when they tried to visit the state.

West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asked people not to panic but ordered the district authorities bordering Bhutan and Sikkim to conduct health check-ups. "I have also asked the local hospitals to speedily set up isolation wards in all hospitals," Banerjee said in a statement.

On Friday, a Delhi man with a travel history to Thailand and Malaysia tested positive for coronavirus, taking the total number of confirmed cases in India to 31. The total figure of positive cases includes the first three reported from Kerala last month. All the three persons have been discharged following recovery.

Source : The Week