IMPHAL: With 19 more testing positive in the last 24 hours, state’s total count of COVID-19 positive cases has risen to 1075 on Friday, informed State Health Department.
According to a statement issued by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang in late evening, the 19 fresh individuals were tested positive for the contagion when their samples were tested at JNIMS (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science), Porompat and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences, Lamphel. 15 cases were found positive at RIMS lab and 4 at JNIMS lab.
The fresh cases included three from Churachandpur, one each from Kamjong and Senapati, nine from Thoubal and five others from Ukhrul, added the COVID-19 Common Control Room. They are returnees from different states. All the patients have been shifted to COVID care centres. Health authority is taking up all necessary preventive and control measures like containment and contact tracing, added the statement.
Altogether 39 persons were discharged on Friday after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. 17 patients were discharged from Covid Care Centre, Meitram, 8 from RIMS and 14 from JNIMS.
With this, State’s total active COVID-19 cases stands at 682. Till date, altogether 393 patients have been recovered and discharged, recording a recovery rate of 36.55 percent.
Of the 682 active COVID-19 cases, 51 patients are currently undergoing treatment at RIMS COVID care centre while 159, 4, 323, 21,64, 9 and 50 others are being treated at RIMS, JNIMS, District Hospital Bishnupur, UNACCO School, Meitram, TK Woodland Resort, Tamenglong Higher Secondary School, CCC/IO Ward Churachandpur and District QCs respectively.
636 samples were tested at RIMS lab and 15 samples were found positive for the contagion. 626 samples were tested at JNIMS and 4 samples were found positive. Altogether 46,515 samples have been tested in the state so far, said a report of IDSP Manipur.
Meanwhile, the Health Department has clarified about the video that was circulated in social media about careless disposal of PPEs etc., citing that the health department follows strict protocols for disposal of PPE and other biomedical waste utilised by Covid-19 treatment hospitals and testing laboratories etc.
As PPEs and other protective items are utilised by many private/non-governmental facilities also nowadays, it advised all persons and facilities using PPE etc. to ensure that protocols of the Health and Family Welfare Ministry and the Central Board of Pollution Control are strictly adhered to.