92 returnees in Mnp test -ve for COVID-19

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 3 | Publish Date: 5/3/2020 9:07:36 AM IST

After testing negative for the COVID-19, Manipur government on Sunday sent back all those who were recently travel into the state from Guwahati.

Including 87 from Guwahati, a total of 92 individuals stranded outside the state due were brought back to Imphal on Saturday. The remaining five were transported from Mizoram, officials said.

Even as no symptomatic individual were detected during repeated screening while transporting them, the state government has decided to put them at the government designated quarantine centre. Accordingly, they were lodged at Imphal Valley Academy campus in Imphal, one of the government designated quarantine centre.

However, the state government changed its mind and subjected all returnees to COVID-19 test. They were sent them to Centre approved testing laboratories at RIMS and JNIMS hospitals and their swab samples were collected.

All the returnees tested negative for the contagion, said Dr L Arkey, additional director of state health department in-charge of COVID-19 in the state.

“We considered the development as 90% safe and decided to send them back to their respective homes where they will be on home quarantine for 14 days as per COVID-19 protocol,” he said. Besides, they will be under surveillance during their home quarantine period by the State COVID-19 Surveillance Team, he added. 

Meanwhile, confirming the negative test results of all the 92 returnees, a statement of the state government’s COVID-19 Common Control Room said that they were sent home after adequate counselling for strict adherence to quarantine rules as per protocol. 

The concerned district authorities will closely monitor them, it added. 

The state government has been following protocols and taking all preventive steps, the control room asserted in the statement.

Even as Manipur recorded two positive cases of COVID-19, one each from Thoubal and Imphal West districts - all districts of the state are in the green zone as no further positive case has been detected and no cases of community transmission. Both the patients have also been discharged from the hospitals where they were treated after they recovered from the disease.

The state has also screened as many as 1,98,124 people who entered the state at various entry points including Imphal airport till Saturday. The total number included 952 truckers and 113 commuters screened on the day. Besides screening at Mao Gate bordering Nagaland and Jiribam bordering Assam, truckers shipping essential commodities to the state were screened at the dedicated screening centre at their parking lots in Imphal.

Of the 10,454 truckers screened so far at the dedicated screening centres, five truckers were reported with symptoms of the virus. None of them has however tested positive for the virus.


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