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12 on board flight with COVID-19 patient quarantined in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 25 | Publish Date: 3/25/2020 12:28:15 PM IST

Of the20 individuals who have been quarantined at the government designated facility in Imphal on Wednesday, at least 12 persons boarded the same flight with the COVID-19 infected patient reported from Manipur. 

Among the 12, seven turned up for testing for COVID-19 at JNIMS hospital today, while five of them were picked from their respective homes in Bishnupur district by the medical staffs and today morning.

The seven individuals have been quarantined at a designated government facility for necessary observation of their health.

JNIMS authority will collect the samples of the seven persons for necessary test for novel corona virus tomorrow. The test is to be done at the Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory of Department of Microbiology of JNIMS where the test for the first COVID-19 patient was conducted.

Union health ministry approved the laboratory at JNIMS as the nodal agency for testing corona virus in the state.

Including the five persons who picked up from Bishnupur, as many as 13 individuals in Bishnupur district have been put on quarantine at government designated facility in the district. All the 13 individuals recently returned home from outside the state, a police source said.

If necessary, test for the disease would be done for the five individuals from Bishnupur who were on board the same flight with the infected patient, the police source added.

Following the confirmation of the 23-year-old woman who returned to Imphal from United Kingdom via Delhi, Kolkata and Agartala, state home department on Tuesday directed all passengers who flew into Imphal by Air Asia Fight (no. i5-501) on March 21 to contact the state health directorate immediately and not later than 8 am on March 25.

The medical directorate had already quarantined 12 persons including eight family members of the infected woman at a government designated centre in Imphal West district soon after her test result tested positive.

Meanwhile, locals of Keirao in Imphal East district today protested against alleged unsafe disposal of kits used by the medical staff of TB hospital there where government opened a quarantine centre for the district.

Irked by utter negligence by the medical staff on disposal of kits at improper place, the locals demanded immediate shifting of the centre.

The locals further demanded befitting action against those disposing waste kits at improper place, alleging that the act has created panic in the locality.

The matter was however settled on the intervention by the district SP and local MLA who assured the locals of such irresponsible act not repeated by the medical staffs.

 

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