COVID-19 positive cases rise to 385
IMPHAL: In a first, six inmates at SK Woman’s College Community Quarantine centre have been sent to jail for 15 days in connection with destruction of the infrastructure of the quarantine centre and attack on the volunteers helping in operation of the centre.
This act of the inmates come even as 19 more tested positive for COVID-19 and the confirmed cases in the state rose to 385.
The accused inmates are Philem Suranjoy (25), son of Ph Inaocha of Moirang Philem Leikai; Wahengbam Jamson (23), son of late W Biramangol Singh of Kakyai Makha Leikai; Thiyam Indrajit Singh (30), son of (L) Th Chaoba singh of Bishnupur Ward No. 9; Kongjengbam Ngamba (25), son of K Rajen Singh of Moirang Panshang Leikai; Sashi Khagembam (26), s/o Kh. Sudama of Kumbi and Aalam Johny Singh (28), son of (L) S Raghu Singh of Moirang Khuman Leikai.
They were produced before the court of JMFC Bishnupur and remanded into judicial custody for 15 days/ jail quarantine.
Meanwhile, different organisations in Bishnupur have decided to stop extending support to the quarantine centres if the concerned authority fails to book the rowdy inmates.
Development & Protection United Voluntary Organisation (DPUVO) has demanded that the Government gives befitting punishment for the rowdy inmates at SK Women’s College QC who attacked the volunteers who are dedicating for the inmates.
The Organisation’s secretary Th. Lamjingba talking to reporters said that volunteers of Nambol Apunba Nupi Lup, DPUVO Nambol, Sabal Leikai Youth Club & Library and other CSOs have been extending support to three quarantine centres opened within Nambol AC.
He said that 134 inmates are currently lodged at SK Women College. However, lunch packs for 180 inmates were provided yesterday. Later, an additional 15 lunch packs were provided. However, some inmates have in social media complained that sufficient lunch packs were not provided. On Thursday night at about 10.30 PM, some inmates who were in inebriated state came out and attacked the president of Nambol Sabak Leikai Youth Club & Library Ch. Sharat, Secretary Ch. Shanta, Executive Member Sh. Chiranjib, he recalled.
He threatened that local clubs will no longer extend support to the quarantine centres if the concerned authority fails to arrest and book the rowdy inmates and their associates who supplied the inebriated substances to the quarantined inmates.
PUVO President T. Khaba Khuman, Nambol Apuba Nupi Lup President L. Shantibala, Vice President M. Shanti, Secretary L. Premila, Treasurer M. Anita, Asst. Secretary L. Sumila were also present in the press meet.
COVID-19 positive cases hit 385
Meanwhile, the state’s total COVID-19 positive cases climbed to 385 with 19 more persons testing positive for the contagion in the last 24 hours at RIMS lab and JNIMS lab. Total count of active cases stands at 312.
According to a statement issued by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang on Friday, 19 individuals were detected positive for COVID-19 when their samples were tested at RIMS lab and JNIMS lab. 17 samples were tested positive at RIMS and 2 at JNIMS. Of them, 9 belong to residents of Kakching district, 4 from Ukhrul district, 2 from Imphal West district, one each from Imphal East district, Kangpokpi district and Tamenglong district.
The Control Room did not reveal the exact travel history details of the persons. 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 COVID-19 Common Control Room further stated that the newly established COVID care centre at UNACCO school, Meitram has started functioning and admitting COVID-19 positive and asymptomatic patients. The present capacity of the of the exclusive COVID-19 care hospital is 100 and its capacity will be increased as situation demands. Altogether, 22,202 samples have been tested in the state till date.