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One out of three who absconded quarantine in West Bengal tested positive in Silchar Medical College

In a shocking turn of affairs, three Cachar residents absconded from a quarantine facility in West Bengal and reached Cachar earlier this week. After getting ICMR’s intimation, West Bengal government informed authorities in Assam about the three individuals. On May 20, 2020, Cachar administration managed to identify them and then they were admitted in Silchar Medical College and Hospital. The doctors collected their SWAB and today SMCH got the reports. While one tested positive, the other two were discharged from the hospital earlier today.

When asked how is it that they tested positive in West Bengal but negative here in Silchar, Dr. Babul Bezbaruah, Principal of Silchar Medical College and Hospital explained, “In West Bengal, their samples were collected on May 11, 2020, and they got the report on May 19, 2020. We admitted the patient on May 20. So the sample collected on May 11 tested positive while the one collected on May 20 reported negative. This means two of the three of them got cured in the gap between the two tests.”

Mystery around the trio who travelled all the way to Cachar from West Bengal continues. How they entered through the interstate borders and who helped them to reach Cachar is still unknown. The good news amidst all the uncertainty is that two of them got cured during the travel.

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