Govt to purchase another 50,000 Rapid Antigen Test Kits immediately, says CM
CM Biren

Govt to purchase another 50,000 Rapid Antigen Test Kits immediately, says CM

75 fresh cases reported, 42 sans travel history

TMB Report

IMPHAL: With cumulative positive cases crossing the 3000-mark and the active cases standing a little above the 1,000-mark, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh on Wednesday said that the government has decided to purchase another 50,000 Rapid Antigen Test Kits immediately.

State Cabinet has decided to engage 100 doctors immediately to meet urgent requirements, he said.

According to the CM, state government had earlier procured 20,000 kits of ICMR approved Rapid Antigen Test Kits.

With increase in number of Covid positive cases, we are all concerned and each person should recommit to adopt the Covid preventive actions of social distancing, wearing face mask and washing hands with soap. All social gatherings should be avoided, the CM said while thanking the public for the cooperation and support for social distancing shown in the last few weeks.

The CM also stated that of the active cases, 502 positives are personnel of Army/CAPF while the remaining 695 are from general population.

“Yesterday, Chief Secretary had a meeting with senior officers of the Army and Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) to ensure that security forces enhance their Covid prevention actions. SOP has been agreed wherein each force designates a Nodal officer and also earmarks quarantine and Covid care facility for their men. No personnel will be sent out for duty unless Covid negative status is clear,” the CM stated.

Biren also informed that there have been positive cases within the Police Department to. Contact tracing and testing has been taken up aggressively, he said adding that over 840 police personnel and contacts have already been tested. To scale up testing, dedicated Sample taking/testing team is being set up using police department doctors and health care workers, the CM said.

He maintained that contact tracing and testing is being taken up wherever positive cases are detected. Today a state level team of senior doctors have gone to Chandel district to assist and support the district team. We have also decided to increase the number of sample taking/testing teams in Imphal West and Imphal East districts as spread is more, he said.

The CM also stated that the state government had procured 20,000 kits of ICMR approved Rapid Antigen Test Kits and that to ensure scaling up, it has been decided to procure another 50,000 kits immediately.

State Cabinet decided to engage 100 doctors immediately to meet urgent requirements, Biren said.

State government has spared no efforts to increase the number of Covid Care Centres. Today, there are 1636 beds available, including 469 beds at CCC Lamboi Khongnangkhong and 70 beds at Kangpokpi, the CM stated.

He further informed that henceforth, the Covid beds at JNIMS (100 Nos) and RIMS (47 Nos) will be earmarked for treatment of symptomatic/severe Covid positive patients. With this streamlining, it is expected that RIMS and JNIMS will reactivate their non-Covid services, including OPD, matermity services, etc., the CM said.

While panic does not help, each person must strictly adopt social distancing if we are to tackle

Covid-19 successfully, the CM said.

Meanwhile, the number of positive cases continues to grow with another 42 persons from general population and 33 personnel from CAPF confirmed with the virus.

Imphal West and East reported 13 each, Thoubal reported 11, Chandel 2, Churachandpur 1, Senapati 1 and Bishnupur 1.

From the general population, 39 are said to have no travel history.

On the other hand, 48 individuals recovered and have been discharged from Covid Care Centres.

So far, the cumulative number of positive cases stand at 3093 with 1962 having recovered and discharged while 1224 are active.

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