IMPHAL: In what could be considered a setback to the unrelenting effort of the administration to curb the rise in Covid-19 infection, the state saw its highest single day spike with as many as 249 fresh positive cases in the last 24 hours.
84 infected persons belonged to general population while 165 belong to Central Armed Police Force. Moreover, 63 local infected persons do not have significant travel history.
The state has so far reported 694 locally transmitted cases which shares 20 percent of the total count of positive cases in the state, informed Covid Common Control Room.
With this fresh cases, state’s total count of confirmed Covid-19 positive cases hit 3466 mark on Friday.
Of them, 56 samples were detected positive for the deadly virus at VRDL of RIMS, followed by 143 samples at JNIMS lab, 11 at Imphal West Rapid Antigen test, 21 at District Hospital Jiribam, 3 at Babina Diagnostic, one each at DH Tamenglong, STDC/IRL and DH Kangpokpi, 2 at DH Kakching, 10 at DH Ukhrul. Of the 84 general population cases, 21 are returnees while the remaining 63 do not have travel history.
Imphal West district reported 14 positive cases while 37 cases from Thoubal, 10 from kakching, 12 from Tamenglong, 3 from Chandel, 6 from Bishnupur, one each from Imphal East and Kangpokpi.
The infected patients will be shifted to COVID care facilities and necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.
The Control Room further stated that the state has seen rapid rise in local transmission of the virus in the past few days. To check the local spread, everyone should wear face masks whenever going out of home, maintain physical distance and avoid all non-essential travels. If there is problem or difficulty in the Hospitals for accessing services, people should contact 24×7 helpline no. (toll free) 1800-103-2015.
According to our Thoubal Correspondent, in Thoubal District, at least 40 individuals including Chief Judicial Magistrate Thoubal, one Court staff and 18 Police personnel have tested positive for Covid-19 in the last 24 hours when their samples were tested at RIMS lab and Thoubal District Hospital through RAT.
18 police personnel sans travel history who are performing as frontline workers were detected positive for the contagion. One Police Head constable, two Commando personnel and 12 Village Defense Force personnel posted at Leishangthem Police Outpost were tested positive while one Assistant Sub Inspector, one constable posted at Lilong PS tested positive for the contagion. Earlier, three personnel of Leishangthem Police Outpost had tested positive while one SI posted at Lilong PS tested positive and they are suspected to be the close contacts with the infected cops.
Although 14 personnel posted at Leishangthem Police Outpost were found positive, concerned Authority failed to turn up to evacuate the positive persons from there till 5.30 PM local sources said and condemned such lackadaisical attitude of the Government.
Locals said that they had earlier requested the District Administration and top Police Officers to get the cops tested on time as they strongly feared local transmission of the virus. Such callousness of the Authority has resulted in spreading of the virus in the district, they added.
The Control Room further stated that altogether 21 individuals were discharged from Covid care centre, RIMS (6), CCC Meitram, Imphal west (10),Kakching (4) and Kamjong (1) after they were found Covid-19 free on RT PCR test.
With 1926 Covid-19 patients out of 3466 having recovered, State’s total count of active COVID-19 cases stand at 1530.
Of the 3466 total confirmed cases, 2765 belong to general population while 701 to Central Security personnel. Of the 1530 active cases, 829 belong to general population and 701 belong to Security personnel.
Moreover, in the last 24 hours three male individuals aged 76, 68 and 28 years old from Kangpokpi, Imphal East and Chandel district respectively with comorbid health conditions expired due to Covid-19 taking the total Covid related death cases to 11.
The first Covid victim aged 76 year who hails from Leimakhong of Kangpokpi district reportedly expired at COVID Ward of JNIMS at around 1.30 PM today. He was admitted to the Ward today after testing positive of COVID-19 at Leimakhong Army Hospital, sources said.
The second victim aged 28 year hailing from Tarao Laimanai of Chandel district was admitted to the District Hospital Chandel after he showed symptoms of shortness in breathing, cough, vomiting with blood stains on August 5. The sample was sent for RT PCR test on Thursday but he expired at around 1.30 PM on the day itself before the result came. The result of his sample was received today and confirmed for COVID-19 positive.
A late report stated that a 68-year old man from Khongman, Imphal East died at JNIMS at about 9:30 PM. He suffered from other illness and was said to be infected with COVID-19 too.