IMPHAL: With 17 more returnees from other states testing positive for the COVID-19 in the last 24 hours, state’s total count has reached 1092 on Saturday, informed State Health Department.
According to a statement issued by Additional Director Health Department and COVID-19 Common Control Room Spokesperson Dr Khoirom Shasheekumar Mangang in late evening, the 17 fresh individuals were tested positive for the contagion when their samples were tested at RIMS lab.
The fresh cases included 11 from Imphal west, four from Ukhrul and one each from Kakching and Thoubal districts. They are all returnees from different states. All the patients have been shifted to COVID care centres. Health authority is taking up all necessary preventive and control measures like containment and contact tracing, added the statement.
Altogether 39 persons were discharged on Saturday after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. 10 patients were discharged from Covid Care Centre, Meitram and 29 from JNIMS. With this, State’s total active COVID-19 cases stands at 660. Till date, altogether 432 patients have recovered and have been discharged, recording a recovery rate of 39.56 percent.
All the three medical staff of district Hospital Bishnupur who tested positive for the virus some days back have tested negative now. Samples of family members, their close contacts, caterers and staff of the District Hospital who attended the isolation ward during the second week starting from 15th June have also tested negative for the virus, informed CMO Bishnupur in a release.
All the 660 active COVID-19 cases are currently undergoing treatment at RIMS COVID care centre, RIMS, JNIMS, District Hospital Bishnupur, UNACCO School, Meitram, TK Woodland Resort, Tamenglong Higher Secondary School, CCC/IO Ward Churachandpur, CCC, Senapati and District QCs respectively.
533 samples were tested at RIMS lab and 17 samples were found positive for the contagion. 1172 samples were tested at JNIMS and all samples turned out to be negative. Altogether 48,220 samples have been tested in the state so far, said a report of IDSP Manipur.
The Health Department stated that Quarantine is a very effective means for prevention of spread of the Virus to the people. However, strict adherence to protocol is needed to maximize the effect.
Stating that some inmates in some QCs have defied the protocol, endangering COVID-19 spill over to the general community, it appealed to the inmates to observe protocols