IMPHAl: The state saw the highest spike in a day in the last 24 hours with 100 more testing positive for COVID-19 and taking the total count to 272. The 100 cases were detected in the last 24 hours at RIMS lab and JNIMS lab.
The state has now a total of 214 active cases currently in the isolation wards of RIMS and JNIMS.
Notably, the state is witnessing a sudden spike in the number of positive cases since it started bringing in stranded natives affected by the nationwide lockdown from cities across the country. All the cases detected so far in the state are all returnees from various cities across the country.
Of the 37 cases detected last night, 13 are from Imphal West, 12 are from Churachandpur, 2 are from Kakching, 5 are from Kamjong, two from Bishnupur, 2 from Tengnoupal and one from Ukhrul. Of them, 2 had recently returned from Uttar Pradesh while 9 and 26 individuals were Mumbai and Delhi returnees respectively. 22 individuals were tested positive when their samples were tested at RIMS lab while 15 samples tested positive at JNIMS lab, Porompat last night, according to a statement released by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang.
In another press release issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room late evening, 63 more fresh individuals were detected positive for COVID-19 when their samples were tested at RIMS and JNIMS labs on Monday. 24 samples were detected positive at RIMS and 39 at JNIMS lab on the same day. Of the 63 cases, 34 individuals belong to residents of Bishnupur district, 18 from Kakching, 3 from Kamjong, 2 from Ukhrul, 2 from Senapati, 2 from Imphal West, one from Kangpokpi, and one from Noney. Although the Control Room failed to reveal the details of their travel history, it is said that they are all returnees from different states of the country.
6 male COVID-19 positive patients have been discharged from RIMS after they were tested negative for the virus on RT PCR test. With this, the total number of recovered cases has climbed to 58 reducing the total count of active cases to 214.
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.
Meanwhile, in view of the sudden spike in number of COVID-19 positive cases and to accommodate them, the General ward of District Hospital, Bishnupur has been converted to COVID-19 isolation ward with immediate effect, CMO Bishnupur informed. All normal functions of the hospital shall remain suspended until further orders.
Of the 214 active COVID-19 cases, 79 patients are currently undergoing treatment at RIMS COVID care centre, 101 at JNIMS and 34 at District Hospital Bishnupur.
Altogether 325 samples were tested for COVID at RIMS lab today and 46 of them turned out to be positive. 508 samples were tested at JNIMS lab and 54 of them were detected COVID-19 positive.
Altogether 17861 samples have been tested in the state so far. 14897 persons are currently in different Community Quarantine centres while 6257 persons are in Government quarantine centres. 278 and 569 new persons were admitted in Government quarantine centres and Community Quarantine centres respectively today, according to IDSP Manipur.