COVID-19 cases rise to 39 in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 26 | Publish Date: 5/26/2020 10:23:46 AM IST
One of the three returnees who tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur during the last 24-hour had recently returned from Assma’s Jorhat district.
An official source from the COVID-19 Common Control Room on Tuesday said that three more COVID-19 positive cases were detected out of 1,192 samples for the dreaded virus in the last 24-hour.
With the three cases, the total number of persons infected by the deadly virus in Manipur increased to 39, including four recovered individuals.
Among the 35 active cases, 23 are currently being treated at the COVID care facility of JNIMS while the remaining 12 at RIMS, Imphal. The source said that all the confirmed cases were returnees staying at different community quarantine centres opened in Imphal West district. 
Among them, a 44-year-old man had returned from Assam’s Jorhat on a private car recently while a 20-year-old youth was among those stranded who returned by a special train from Chandigarh and the third patient returned from Delhi by bus.
Amid the rising positive cases among returnees, more state natives stranded at various places of the country continue to arrive to the state by air and special trains. 
Among 2,807 of stranded people that arrived today, 311, including an infant reached by three flights, while 2,497 arrived by two special trains. Three flights (two Indigo and one Air Asia) landed at Imphal airport along with 311 passengers from Delhi. 77 people stranded in the state due to COVID-19 lockdown including a foreign national they flew back to Delhi.
The foreign national, a Korean (Geunyeong Hong) was stranded in Imphal since he arrived in the state since January 31, 2020.
All the 2,497 people returned by two special trains –one from Goa via Hyderabad with 228 passengers and four children and one from Mumbai ferrying 1,408 including 15 minors– have been sent back to their respective districts by buses from the Jiribam railway station.
Meanwhile, various CSOs have detailed their volunteers at sensitive areas along the Imphal-Jiribam section of NH-37 for the safe passage of the buses.
The volunteers were detailed following reports of attack on buses with returnees by miscreants on the way at various places in the last few days.
There were incidents of stoning and assaulting physically passengers (returnees) and harassing drivers by unknown people on their way to Imphal.
Some youths who were allegedly involved in one of the recent attack had also been arrested by the police in Tamenglong districts and put at quarantine centre, pending legal action against them.


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