Close contacts of Covid-19 suspect pilot kept under surveillance, 6811 more quarantined

Close contacts of Covid-19 suspect pilot kept under surveillance, 6811 more quarantined

TMB Report

IMPHAL: The son-in-law of the senior doctor of Bethany Hospital, Shillong who tested positive for COVID-19, is an Air India pilot and has a travel history to Imphal, arriving on March 17 from New York via New Delhi.

Having stayed in Imphal for three days, he left Imphal on March 20 for New Delhi and then travelled to Shillong on March 24 from New Delhi. He was placed under home quarantine after registering himself with the Government from March 24 to April 7. The state surveillance team of Meghalaya had visited him during the quarantine period, Sampath Kumar, IAS, Commissioner & Secretary, Health & Family Welfare department, Government of Meghalaya stated in a letter addressed to the Secretary, Health & Family Welfare, GOI.

Meanwhile, the 11 close contacts of the Air India pilot during his stay in Imphal after returning from New York have been traced on Monday, informed COVID-19 Common Control Room, Government of Manipur.

 Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Managng, additional director and Spokesperson, Health Department in a statement said that the 11 close contacts, although asymptomatic, are under surveillance now and their samples will be tested at VRDL, RIMS.

It also appealed to the general public not to panic.

According to another status report updated by State Surveillance Officer, IDSP, Manipur on Monday, nine samples were tested at RIMS and JNIMS on Monday and their results came out negative for COVID-19. Six samples were tested at RIMS while three at JNIMS. So far, 276 numbers of samples of the state have been tested at RIMS, JNIMS and NIV, Pune.

Except for the two positive cases of COVID-19, the state has so far no new positive cases of COVID-19 as the results of 276 samples sent for lab test tested negative for COVID-19. Of the 276,  129 samples were tested at RIMS, 132 at JNIMS while 15 at NIV, Pune.

Altogether, 6811 persons are currently under Home Quarantine and Government Quarantine facilities. Of this, 6761 persons are returnees from outside the state, 41 from foreign countries. On Monday, 39 new persons who entered the state from outside the state were kept under home quarantine and five at Government quarantine facilities.

On Monday, 189 persons who entered the state  via Mao gate and 221  via Jiribam gate, bordering with Assam were screened. No persons entered the state through Moreh, Behiang, Sinzawl, Tusom and Kamjong on the day, said the report.

Altogether 1,90,877 persons who entered the state through different entry points including Imphal airport have been screened so far.

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