Govt decides to stop all passenger flight to Imphal for 10 days; says 15,000 sample results pending

Active COVID-19 Count rises to 339 with 32 more fresh cases

TMB Report

IMPHAL: Stating that while it is following strict quarantine protocol for all people arriving to Manipur, there is a huge backlog of 15,000 samples pending results, the state government has decided to stop all passenger flights to Imphal for 10 days starting June 18, 2020.

In a letter to Usha Padhee, IAS, Joint Secy., Ministry of Civil Aviation, Suresh Babu, the Chief Secretary of Manipur wrote, “The government of Manipur is following strict quarantine protocol for all people arriving Manipur in order to contain community spread. All of them have to undergo RT-PCR test mandatorily and only those tested negative are allowed to go for home quarantine”.

Due to heavy inflow of people, there is substantial delay in testing all these people and there is a huge backlog of 15000 samples pending results, Suresh Babu added.

As on date, there are five flights landing in Imphal, the CS said in the letter while adding that the state government has decided to stop all passenger flights for a period of 10 days in order to clear the pending backlogs of testing and also clear the congestion in the quarantine centres.

“As discussed, I request you to stop all passenger flights to Imphal from 18-06-2020 to 28-06-2020. Kindly issue necessary instructions to all the airlines, DGCA and AAI,” the Chief Secretary wrote.

Active COVID-19 Count rises to 339

Meanwhile, with 32 more confirmed cases in the last 24 hours, the state’s total tally of COVID-19 positive cases has climbed to 490.

According to a statement issued by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang on Monday, the 32 fresh individuals were tested positive for the contagion when their samples were tested at RIMS (Regional Institute of Medical Sciences) and JNIMS (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Science), Porompat. 12 cases were detected for the virus at JNIMS lab and 20 cases at RIMS lab. All the patients have been shifted to COVID care centres.

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.

Although the Health department in its press release did not reveal the travel history and address of the 32 individuals who tested for the virus, it is stated that they are returnees from different states.

A quick survey done by the Media Team of Health department has found that 39.5 percent of the pedestrians do not wear face mask. 3 percent of these people gave economic reasons and 26.7 per cent cited medical reasons while the remaining 70 percent could not give any valid reason for not wearing face masks. Wearing of face mask is a very effective means of protecting self and others from contracting COVID-19. All are requested to wear facemask while going out, appealed the health department.

60 patients were tested negative for the virus in their second consecutive test and as such they have been discharged from JNIMS and RIMS on Monday, thereby reducing the total active cases to 339 on Monday.  State’s total count of recovered cases stands at 151 patients.

 Of the 339 active COVID-19 cases, 103 patients are currently undergoing treatment at RIMS COVID care centre while 101, 34, 75 and 26 others are being treated at JNIMS, District Hospital Bishnupur, UNACCO School, Meitram and transit camp respectively.

668 samples were tested at RIMS lab today and 20 samples turned out to be positive for COVID-19. 564 samples were tested at JNIMS lab and 12 samples were found positive for the contagion.

Altogether 26,458 samples have been tested in the state so far.  15,350 persons are currently in different Community Quarantine centres while 5859 persons in Government quarantine centres.

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