IMPHAL: With the death of a 70 year old woman from Thoubal district at JNIMS due to Covid-19 and other comorbid health conditions, the total death toll from the contagion in the state has climbed to 22.
Meanwhile, 83 more fresh cases were detected in the last 24 hours, taking the state’s total confirmed Covid-19 cases to 5132.
According to a statement issued by Dr Shasheekumar Mangang, Additional Director Health Department and Spokesperson Covid Common Control Room, the 83 fresh cases were tested positive for Covid-19 at Viral Research & Diagnostic Laboratory of RIMS RAT (3), JNIMS (13), JNIMS RAT (2), Raj Medicity (4), Shija Hospital (2), Public Hospital (1), Mother Care (1), Jeevan Hospital (1), Imphal West RAT (14), Imphal East (12), Churachandpur RAT (1), Bishnupur RAT (3) and Babina Diagnostic (26).
The 83 fresh cases included 61 from general population (39 males, 22 females) and 22 personnel from Central Armed Police Forces.
Except one case from Chandel district, 60 cases were locally transmitted, informed the State Health Department. The figure included 26 cases from Imphal West district, five from Bishnupur, 17 from Imphal East District, three from Chandel district, five from Thoubal, four from Churachandpur district, and one from Kakching district.
All the infected patients will be shifted to COVID care facilities and necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, added the statement of CCR.
On Saturday, the state saw a rise in the recovery rate by 67.32 percent with 194 Covid-19 patients having been discharged from different Covid care facilities. RIMS contributed 24 cases, CCC Lamboikhongnangkhong (58), CCC Unacco (38), JNV Chandel (8), Thoubal district (22), District Hospital Thoubal (5), TK Ukhrul (2), Kamjong District (6) and RD Wing Lamphel (31).
Till Saturday, altogether 3455 Covid-19 patients have recovered and been discharged, reducing the active Covid-19 cases to 1655. Recovery rate pegs at 67.32 percent.
The Health department further stated that tackling Covid-19 requires alertness to evolving scenario. Accordingly, for Imphal West district, sample collection teams have been expanded and presently there are 25 doctors and the District Surveillance Team has also been expanded. Further, State Surveillance Officer is regularly monitoring Covid-19 situation in Imphal West district. Arrangements for testing of tanker drivers are also made. As per protocol, optimal time for testing is 5 to 7 days after contact. As such, when a positive case is detected in the locality, to expect immediate testing is not correct. Self-isolation is the most important action.