The arrival of five foreign nationals in Guwahati raised concerns among the local residents on over fears of the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).
Three French, one Italian and one Spanish had entered Assam from Manipur and had checked into a guest house in the Beltola area of the city.
After being intimated by the panic-stricken locals, Hatigaon Police reached the spot and conducted their health check-up.
Additional DGP (Law and Order) Assam Police, GP Singh, took to Twitter to appeal the public not to panic. He informed that the foreign nationals reached Guwahati from Manipur and are on their way to Delhi.
Singh added that the foreigners had completed their quarantine period in Manipur and they have approval from the external affairs ministry to travel from Manipur to Delhi via Siliguri.
“3 French, 1 Italian, 1 Spanish nationals have reached Guwahati, Assam from Manipur enroute Delhi. They have approval of ministry of external affairs to travel from Manipur to Delhi via Siliguri (West Bengal). They have completed their quarantine in Manipur. There’s no need to panic,” Singh tweeted.
The total number of positive cases in the Northeastern region has spiked to 36 – 30 from Assam, two each from Manipur and Tripura, and one each from Arunachal Pradesh and Nagaland. One COVID-19 positive patient died in Assam on April 10th, 2020.
UPDATE: The foreigners left Guwahati early this morning after proper health check for Delhi to take a flight back to their respective home countries as authorised by the Government of India.
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