80 security personnel test positive for COVID-19 at tally hits 2621; death toll at five
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 security personnel test positive for COVID-19 at tally hits 2621; death toll at five

TMB Report

IMPHAL: One more 38 year old man with co-morbid health conditions expired at JNIMS due to COVID-19 on Friday, taking the total count of Covid related death cases to five.

The Covid-19 victim who expired at JNIMS Covid ward early morning at about 4.30 has been identified as Md Sajad Ahmed Khan from Lilong Khunou in Thoubal district. He was admitted at JNIMS on Wednesday and expired in the wee hours on Friday. He died due to Cardio pulmonary failure. He was suffering from acute respiratory distressed syndrome, diabetes, and hypertension and was Covid-19 positive, said JNIMS authority.

Meanwhile, 116 more fresh cases including 97 males and 19 females tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours taking the total count of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases to 2621.

Of the 116 fresh cases, 19 persons including 7 from Imphal west, 10 from Thoubal and 2 from Tamenglong district do not have any significant travel history, said a report of Covid-19 Common Control Room. 

80 individuals are said to be security personnel. 32 personnel belong to 1st Manipur Rifles, a source said.

The 116 new cases were detected at VRDL of RIMS (54), JNIMS (61) and Babina Diagnostic Centre (1) Imphal west district with Imphal west district reporting 12 cases, while 59 from Churachandpur, one each from Imphal East, Kangpokpi, Tengnoupal and Senapati, 24 from Kakching, 2 from Tamenglong, 15 from Thoubal. 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 17 persons were discharged from Covid care centre JNIMS (5), RIMS (1), CCC Meitram (4), Senapati (3), Thoubal (4) after they were found Covid-19 free on RT PCR test.

With 1689 persons out of 2621 having been recovered, State’s total count of active COVID-19 cases stand at 931, thus recovery rate pegging at 64.44 percent by Friday.

The Health department further stated that Covid-19 dead bodies do not pose additional risk if SOP I strictly followed. State Government has issued an SOP in line with Ministry of Health & Family welfare on May 30, 2020. Dead bodies handled under the SOP are safe as they are kept in sterile body bags and disinfected as and when appropriate. The first casualty was cremated on Thursday midnight. The second was buried at Chingmeirong on the same night. Concerned district administrations and Medical teams are working tirelessly to tackle challenges arising out of the pandemic, it added.

 According to a status update by IDSP Manipur, a total of 1547 samples were tested at RIMS lab (937), JNIMS (505), Babina Diagnostic (99) and 116 of them turned out to be positive for the virus.

Altogether 955 COVID patients are currently under treatment at different COVID care centres opened in different districts of the state.

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