4 NE states COVID-19 free; no fresh cases in other 4 states

AGARTALA/IMPHAL, APR 25 (IANS) | Publish Date: 4/25/2020 12:06:00 PM IST

With the recovery of the second Covid-19 patient in Tripura on Saturday, four of the eight North Eastern states - Tripura, Manipur, Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim -- had become coronavirus free, officials said on Saturday.

According to the health officials, there are 15 active COVID-19 cases in Assam, 11 in Meghalaya and one in Mizoram, besides a 33-year-old trader from Dimapur, Nagaland, undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital since April 12.

There has been no fresh COVID-19 cases in any of the NE states in the past 24 hours.

Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said the second and last Covid-19 patient of Tripura was released from hospital (on Saturday) amid the applause of the healthcare staff. “He expressed satisfaction for the treatment and thanked doctors and medical staffs,” said Deb, who also holds the Health and Home portfolios.

In Imphal, a 23-year-old woman, who had returned from the UK last month, became the first coronavirus case. She was also the first Covid-19 patient to recover in the North East.

Manipur became second state after Goa to become coronavirus free after the state’s second and last patient was discharged on April 21. The 65-year-old man had attended the Tablighi Jamaat’s congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin last month. The second Covid-19 patient of the state after testing negative second time and showing improvement in his diabetic status was discharged from the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Imphal late on Tuesday, Manipur Health and Family Welfare department’s additional director Kh Sasheekumar Mangang told IANS.

Arunachal Pradesh, became the third coronavirus free state after the lone patient, a 31-year-old man, was discharged from hospital on Friday. The Arunachal man from Medo village had attended the Tablighi Jamaat congregation.

While no positive case was reported from Sikkim, the other seven NE states have so far reported 55 coronavirus cases, including Nagaland’s lone case.


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