IMPHAL: 11 samples were tested at VRDL Laboratory, JNIMS on Tuesday and their results came out negative for COVID-19.
According to a status update from State Surveillance Officer, IDSP, Manipur, so far, a cumulative of 439 samples have been tested at JIMS, RIMS and NIV Pune.
Altogether 99 persons are currently under different Government Quarantine facilities in the state. Till date, 810 persons out of 909 have completed their quarantine period.
Seven new individuals were admitted in Government quarantine centres today while five persons were discharged from the quarantine centres after having completed their period.
405 drivers and Handymen (of Trucks, Gas Bullets/Oil tankers) were screened at ISBT (Truck), 111 at YAS Complex Khuman Lampak and 32 at Sekmai Gas plant. A total of 8953 drivers and handymen have been screened so far.
No persons were found with symptoms for COVID 19 during Tuesday’s screening.
No person is kept at the isolation ward of RIMS and JNIMS at present after the state’s first and second COVID-19 patients had been discharged some days back after having tested negative.
On Tuesday, 375 persons entered the state via different entry points. 263 persons entered the state via Mao gate, 112 via Jiribam. They were screened at the gates by the medical teams.
A cumulative of 196528 persons who had entered the state through different entry points including Imphal airport have been screened so far.
On the other hand, State government is planning to bring back home the Manipuris currently stranded in different parts in the country due to the sudden imposition of the nationwide lockdown and consequent restriction on movement. On April 24, a 21 member State Consultative Committee for COVID 19 was constituted with membership of Ministers and MLAs cutting across party lines, senior officials and health experts. The Committee had its meeting on April 24 and reviewed the capacity of the State to take proper care of the Manipuris who are Iikely to return home once restrictions imposed on inter-state movement of people as a result of the nationwide Iockdown, are lifted.
Anticipating that thousands of people who are stranded in various States may come back in a very short period, the Committee agreed that Community Quarantine Centres could be set up in Assembly Constituencies, as a precautionary measure to quarantine the returnees in order to prevent spread of the infection with the active participation of the local MLAs and local clubs.
Chief Minister N Biren, in DO letter on April 26, requested the MLAs and ministers to extend maximum cooperation in this regard.
Chief Minister in his letter requested the MLAs to tie up with local clubs in identifying the persons hailing from respective Constituencies who are stranded outside the State and who are likely to return home. The details of such persons should be collected in a list. The list of such persons is to be shared WC Arthur, Nodal Officer, State Common Control Room (email: mn.ccr2020@gmal com, phone 18003453818, mobile: 9436891081) preferably before 3rd May,2020.
Deputy Commissioners have been instructed to coordinate with MLAs in this activity.
Chief Minister also requested the MLAs to identify existing infrastructure such as schools, community halls etc. for setting up Community Quarantine Centres.
Following Chief Minister’s Advisory, concerned local MLAs have also taken up necessary action like collecting data of the people of their respective constituencies, stranded outside the state by issuing forms.
In Keirao AC, MLA Lourembam Rameshwor Meetei has started collecting details of the persons of his Assembly constituency, stranded outside the state. Workers of the MLA and local Clubs under the aegis of the MLA are conducting widespread publicity through PA system, social media platforms like Facebook, Whatsapp etc, requesting the people to submit details of their relatives stranded outside.
According to the MLA, 5/6 community quarantine centres including MAASI complex Keirao have been identified in his Assembly constituency to quarantine the returnees. Patsoi MLA AK Mirabai, Thangmeiband MLA Kh Joykishan, Thoubal MLA Okram Ibobi and others are also collecting details of their people stranded outside.