IMPHAL: The state saw a sharp spike of COVID-19 cases in the last 24 hours with 55 cases being detected at RIMS lab and JNIMS lab and taking the number of confirmed cases to 366.
According to a statement issued by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang, 31 individuals were detected positive for COVID-19 when their samples were tested at RIMS lab on Wednesday night. Of them, 13 belonged to residents of Imphal West districts, 13 from Tamenglong districts, 2 from Kakching district, 2 from Ukhrul district and one from Bishnupur district.
In another press release issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room late evening, 24 more fresh individuals were tested positive for the contagion when their samples were tested at RIMS and JNIMS labs on Thursday. 11 of the samples were tested at RIMS while 13 at JNIMS. Of them, 12 are from Senapati, 6 from Noney, one each from Imphal East and Imphal West, 2 each from Kakching and Ukhrul district. Although the Control Room did not reveal the exact details of the persons, it is stated that they are all returnees from different states.
The health condition of the patients are stable and health authority is taking up all necessary preventive and control measures like containment and contact tracing, added the statement.
Following detection of the positive cases, District Administrations concerned have taken up containment measures to avoid further spread of the virus in the area.
The release further revealed that 10 patients (9 males, one female) were tested negative in the second consecutive test and as such they have been discharged from the hospital on Thursday. 7 patients were discharged from the RIMS and three from JNIMS. With this, total count of recovered cases stands at 73 reducing the active COVID-19 cases to 293.
The probability of a discharged person becoming positive again is very low and as such the virus is usually non-viable. They cannot infect other persons. Hence, people discharged from hospitals as Covid-19 free should not be stigmatized, added the Health Department spokesperson.
Of the 293 active COVID-19 cases, 122 patients are currently undergoing treatment at RIMS COVID care centre, 137 and 34 others are being treated at JNIMS and District Hospital Bishnupur respectively.
Altogether 759 samples were tested for COVID at RIMS lab today and all of them were found to be negative except 42. 13 samples were tested at JNIMS lab and all of them were detected COVID-19 positive.
Altogether 20,528 samples have been tested in the state so far. 14766 persons are currently in different Community Quarantine Centres while 6358 persons are in Government Quarantine Centres.