A 50-year-old man from Aizawl who recently travelled to Holland has been tested positive for novel coronavirus, making it the first confirmed case in Mizoram and the second in Northeast India so far.
The patient along with his wife and two children – who accompanied him on his trip to Europe — have been now admitted at Zoram Medical College’s isolation ward in Mizoram. His sample was tested at the Gauhati Medical College & Hospital in Guwahati, Assam, reported EastMojo.
Mizoram health minister R Lalthangliana has confirmed the case at a press meet held in Aizawl on Wednesday afternoon.
The man returned from Holland with his family on March 16 and was detected on March 22. They were admitted to ZMC on Tuesday night and put into isolation ward immediately.
Officials said they’re now going to disinfect his home and its surroundings. They have also contacted all the other passengers who were on the same flight with the infected person, the minister added.
This is the second case reported in northeast India. Yesterday, a 23-year-old female student from Imphal (west) was identified as the first confirmed case of the novel coronavirus in Manipur. With a travel history to UK, the person is being treated at JNIMS.
At least 41 people, who recently returned from foreign countries including china, Singapore, Macau, Dubai, USA, Seychelles and Hongkong are being put under home isolation in Mizoram, as a precautionary measure.
Mizoram has also sealed its border with Myanmar and Bangladesh indefinitely, and banned the entry of foreigners to prevent the spread of the deadly coronavirus.