Coronavirus Outbreak: Italian national under observation in Assam hotel

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GUWAHATI | MARCH 7, 2020:

An Italian national was on Friday put under observation at a hotel in Tezpur of Assam's Sonitpur district after he arrived there amidst the coronavirus scare, an official said.

The foreigner, however, did not have any of the classical symptoms of the dreaded disease, which has triggered a global panic. Italy is one of the worst-hit countries after China, where the disease broke out.

The Assam government has sounded a high alert to prevent the spread of the deadly novel coronavirus after the reports emerged that an American citizen, who visited Assam before flying to Bhutan, has tested positive for coronavirus.

Preventive measures have also been initiated to track the travel itinerary of the US national and his partner, who came in contact during their stay in the state. The officials are particularly finding out details of a seven-day Brahmaputra river cruise which they took before leaving to Bhutan, official sources said.

The vistor's samples have been collected and sent for testing.