Americans who tested positive in Thimphu also visited Maharashtra, Assam
GUWAHATI: A 76-year-old American tourist who tested positive for Covid-19 on Thimphu on Friday had spent more than eight days before flying to Bhutan on March 2, health officials said after tracking their trips around the state that included a Luxury cruise on the Brahmaputra from the river island of Majuli to Guwahati.
He and his fiancee spent a night in a Guwahati hotel before flying. Fortunately, that room was not assigned to any other guest after the couple left. The hotel was asked to spray the room. All hotel staff who came into contact with him have been quarantined, said the director of health services. We have tracked the driver of the vehicle that transported the couple here. It has also been quarantined.
Apparently, the American had turned negative for Covid-19 during the mandatory exam upon arrival at Guwahati airport. He also tested negative at Paro airport on March 2. His symptoms may not have developed completely due to the warmer weather here, Bhuyan said.
Officials from the ministry of health in Delhi said the US citizen had traveled to Mumbai before visiting Assam.
Assam officials await the arrival of the cruise ship from Neematighat in Jorhat with another group of foreign tourists on board so they can be examined.
An official said the state government planned to request permission from the Center to end the temporary ban on the entry of foreign tourists, as Sikkim did on Thursday and Bhutan on Friday. This is the best way to keep everyone safe from now on.
An Italian tourist has been quarantined and his blood reports are expected. Screening tests are being conducted in the Kaziranga National Park, another place visited by hordes of foreigners.
Assam has not reported any cases of new infection so far.