Covid-19 spreads to Assam tea gardens; nearly 300 cases reported

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Covid-19 spreads to Assam tea gardens; nearly 300 cases reported

Covid-19 has found its way to Assam's tea gardens with close to 300 positive cases detected in Dibrugarh and Biswanath districts in the past few days.

"We found many cases in Zaloni tea estate. On the first day of testing, 39 positive cases were detected. On day 2, 90 reports came positive and nearly 50 more on the third day," said Dr Nabajyoti Gogoi, joint director (in-charge), health services, Dibrugarh, said on Friday.

He added that around 60 cases were found in two other tea gardens after a special testing drive. The tea gardens have been declared containment zones and as most cases are asymptomatic, they have been quarantined or in home isolation, depending on their condition.

"A sero survey in several tea gardens in our district last year found that most people were not infected during the first wave," said Dr Gogoi.


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