Bongaigaon’s COVID-19 patient Dipak Mallik is a vegetable vendor


Guwahati:  Among the four patients tested COVID-19 positive in Assam’s Bongaigaon district on Thursday, one Dipak Mallik is a vegetable vendor who used to sell vegetables during lockdown. Dipak Mallik is a resident of Amguri part two in Abhayapuri.

Notably, till Wednesday Dipak Mallik was selling vegetables at different markets in Abhayapuri area. This news has created panic among the local people who went for vegetable marketing in those areas.

Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma declared Bongaigaon district in lower Assam as Red zone after the toll in the district reached 5. Earlier on Tuesday, a 16-year old girl tested COVID-19 positive. She is the secondary contact of a Tablighi Jamaat attendee from neighboring Dhubri district. The girl reportedly visited her grand-father Jamaluddin Haji, a COVID-19 patient from Dhubri. It may be noted that Dhubri has already been declared as a Red Zone.

All these newly-identified four COVID-19 patients from Bongaigaon district are without any contact history, informed Assam health minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma.

Dr. Sarma also said that the people of Bongaigaon should be afraid of it and everyone should cooperate with the district administration.

All the four patients were not under quarantine. Minister Sarma stated that the district administration and health department will try their best to find out the other people who may have come into contact with these four patients.

All of the four patients are being treated at Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH) in Guwahati.