Four returnees test positive after 5 days

District magistrate on Monday evening declared containment zone for the entire building of Maxima Hotel at Phungreitang West where the four returnees had been undergoing quarantine since their return from Jaipur on 27 October last.

Test results of four returnees from outside the state, who were earlier cleared from the virus, emerged positive for Coronavirus during confirmatory RAT screening conducted on 1 November five days after their return.

Subsequently, the district magistrate on Monday evening declared containment zone for the entire building of Maxima Hotel at Phungreitang West where the four returnees had been undergoing quarantine since their return from Jaipur on 27 October last.

An official source from the district surveillance office informed that the four patients tested positive for the virus during a confirmatory screening at the district RAT centre, Bakshi Ground conducted on the fifth day of their return from Jaipur on 27 October.

“Earlier, the returnees had all tested negative during the first test on the day of their return and had been staying at the private hotel for the past five days under quarantine. However, their results emerged positive on 1 November,” it said.

The source further disclosed that all the four patients were immediately shifted to the district Covid care centre in Shirui village on the same day.

Meanwhile, the district magistrate in an order stated that four persons have tested Covid-19 positive, and the containment measures were ordered in view of the impending threat of the pandemic in the area to prevent spread of the disease.

The containment measures included sealing of the geographical area, barring entry and exit of population from the containment area, closure of school and public gatherings, banning of vehicular movement in the area, along with initiating of active surveillance of COVID-19 cases.

The magistrate then warned against any person/institution/organization violating any of these measures. “Any violators shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under Section 188 of Indian Penal Code and Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” it cautioned.

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