80 more security personnel test positive for COVID-19, one more succumbs to virus
Fake blood is seen in test tubes labelled with the coronavirus (COVID-19) in this illustration taken March 17, 2020. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration

80 more security personnel test positive for COVID-19, one more succumbs to virus

37 patients do not have any significant travel history

TMB Report  

IMPHAL: 135 more individuals including 80 personnel of CAPF have tested positive for COVID-19 in the last 24 hours taking the total count of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases to 2756.

On the other hand, a 77-year old man with co-morbid health conditions expired at CMC Hospital, Koirengei due to the novel virus on Friday morning at 10:30, taking the total count of Covid related death to six. He is said to be from Chakpikarong, Chandel district.

The individual was admitted at CMC Koirengei with co-morbid health conditions like Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary disease and Hypertension on Thursday evening at 6:00. He expired on the next day (Friday) at about 10:00 AM.

He died from community acquired pneumonia (CAP) with acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS).

The hospital has been sealed while all primary and secondary contact staff have been identified and quarantined. As for the in patients, they are being provided with lunch and dinner, a doctor from CMC informed The Morning Bell.

On the other hand, ccording to Covid Control Common Room, 55 new cases (43 males, 12 females) were detected positive for Covid-19 at VRDL of RIMS (12), JNIMS (27) and Babina Diagnostic Centre (14), Bishnupur District Hospital (1) and Tamenglong District Hospital (1).

They include 31 cases from Imphal East district, nine cases from Imphal West district, four cases from Bishnupur district, two cases each from Kakching and Tengnoupal, three cases from Thoubal, one case each from Tamenglong and Ukhrul district. In addition, the 80 personnel were also detected positive for the contagion when their samples were tested at the above labs.

37 of the 55 fresh cases do not have significant travel history. The infected patients will be shifted to COVID care facilities and necessary medical precautionary measures like containtment and contact tracing are in place, added the statement.

The Control Room further stated that 10 individuals were discharged from Covid care centre RIMS (1),  CCC Meitram, Imphal west (2), TK Ukhrul (3), Thoubal (3) and Kasom Khullen (1) after they were found Covid-19 free on RT PCR test.

 With 1699 persons out of 2756 having been recovered, State’s total count of active COVID-19 cases stand at 1051.

Contact tracing is the process of identification of persons who had contact history with a confirmed case and collection of further information about them. The contacts are divisibe into close/high risk and low risk contacts. Close contacts are persons who have come within six feet of a positive patient and remain there for more than 15 minutes. Close contats should compulsorily undergo 14 days quarantinw and testing. Low risk contacts on the other hand may not necessarily undergo testing unless symptomatic, added the CCR.

Meanwhile, Covid-19 panemic has gripped people in Khekman Gram Panchayat area after 30 individuals of the village have tested positive. Local people expressed serious concern on the failure of the Government to take up immediate necessary precautionary measures. 24 individuals of Khekman Lairembi Leikai Ward no 8, five from Khekman Asem Leikai, one from Khekman Wangma Taba have tested positive for the virus. They have been shifted to Covid care centres.

One local of Khekman feared that more positive cases are likely to erupt in the locality due to failure on the part of the Authority to trace close contacts of the 30 positive cases. 

Because of the spread of the virus, local people dared not move out on the streets, the village have worn deserted look with most of the local shops remain closed. Locals are facing shortage of essential items, said a local source.

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