Travel ease amid COVID-19 fear

Travel ease amid COVID-19 fear
Stranded Nagas ready to board Shramik Special train at Chennai Central Tuesday night. (Twitter)
Staff Reporter/Correspondents DIMAPUR/IMPHAL/DIPHU, MAY 19 (NPN) | Publish Date: 5/19/2020 12:57:52 PM IST

As several thousand stranded persons began returning to their home states from various parts of the country, the North East has seen a spike in COVID-19 positive with Assam reporting 42 new cases and Manipur reporting two new cases in the past 48-hours.

These indicate that among thousands of stranded persons returning home, some may be COVID-19 positive if they came from Red zones or may have been infected during the course of their journey from whichever sources. These have only heightened fears that the number of cases could increase if some returnees with the virus start pouring into the region.

The above was confirmed by the report that 16 stranded persons who returned to Assam were tested COVID-19 positive from quarantine centres. In another shocking revelation, two stranded passengers travelling by bus from Delhi to Imphal via Dimapur and Kohima were tested positive for COVID-19 Tuesday. It was reported that a 64-year-old woman and her 23-year-old daughter were tested at VRDL, RIMS and found positive for COVID-19.

The mother-daughter duo along with 20 other passengers had reached Imphal in a bus from Delhi on May 16. The bus journey started from Safdarjung in New Delhi and crossed several states including Nagaland (via Mao gate) before entering Manipur. 

On its way, the bus could have stopped at any stoppage places between Dimapur and Kohima where passenger may have got down for tea etc.

On reaching Imphal, they were lodged at an institutional quarantine centre at IIIT Mantripukhri, Imphal. However, after their test results with positive for the virus were received, they have been admitted at the COVID care Facility at RIMS. Both were asymptomatic as of now, the source said.

Manipur state health department has traced out all the 20 co-passengers of the bus and contact tracing has been initiated regarding the driver and assistance of the bus who returned to Delhi after dropping the passengers.

Meanwhile, according to Southern Railways, Shramik Special train departed from Dr. MGR Chennai Central to Dimapur at 11:18 pm on Tuesday carrying 1325 passengers as “registered & nominated” by Tamilnadu government. 

Thermal screening of passengers was done and social distancing ensured while boarding, it stated. The train is expected to reach Dimapur on May 22.

1 tested positive in Diphu: A resident of Dillai locality (Kasmir Tilla village) of Bokajan subdivision, who was under quarantine in a hotel at Diphu town, was tested positive for COVID-19 Monday. 

The person, who was a migrant worker in Tamil Nadu, had travelled to Guwahati by train on May 16. He arrived Diphu by bus from Guwahati along with 22 others. 


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