Imphal: State Health Department has served warning notice to the Director of Airport Authority of India, Imphal Airport, Station Manager, Air India, Imphal Airport, Airport Manager, Indigo Airlines and Airport Manager, Air Asia, Imphal Airport to abstain from carrying passengers without Covid-19 negative test report.
According to the warning notice issued by Health director Dr. K. Rajo Singh, the State Government issued an order on April 15 mandating the persons coming from outside the state to produce negative Rt-PCR/TrueNat/CB-NAAT Covid-19 test report taken within 72 hours from arrival in the State. However, on April 18, as many as 269 passengers out of 1102 passengers arrived at Imphal Airport via Air Asia, Air India and Indigo flights without prescribed Covid test reports, the Director stated terming it a clear noncompliance of the government order.
It further warned that they should refrain from carrying such passengers and comply strictly with the government order, failing which proceedings for penalties will be initiated against the flight service providers.
Meanwhile, Covid-19 infection continued to surge in an alarming manner as 54 more individuals were confirmed positive for the virus in the span of 24 hours to take the tally of Covid-19 positive caseload to 29,775.
According to a press release issued by Additional director and Covid-19 Common Control room spokesperson Dr. Khoirom Shaheekumar Mangang, the 51 persons who have been tested positive are from general population. They were tested positive at JNIMS (16), RIMS (8), Shija Hospital (3), Maipakpi hospital (3), Babina diagnostics (16), Escent diagnostics (5), Mangal (1), Hillside hospital (1) and Thoubal (1).
They are residents of Imphal West (22), Imphal East (24), Thoubal (5), Kakching (1), Churachandpur (1) and Kangpokpi (1). All necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, added the release.
On the other hand, one 61 year old man from Imphal west succumbed to Covid-19 at Shija hospital, thus surging the Covid-19 related death toll to 377 on Monday. 12 persons were discharged from home isolation (10), RD Wing (1) and CAPF (1).
The cumulative number of positive caseloads is 29,775 (General population -26,289, CAPF-3486). The figure includes 296 active cases. The cumulative number of recovered cases is 29,102 (general population-25,661, CAPF-3441). Recovery rate slipped to 97.73 percent.