COVID-19 fatalities rise to six in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 1 | Publish Date: 8/1/2020 12:19:59 PM IST

A 77-year-old man who died at a private hospital in Imphal was found to have been infected by COVID-19, taking the tally of the pandemic related fatality to six in Manipur.

He expired late Friday morning and his swab sample was tested for the virus on the insistence of the family members as they felt  he might have contracted the virus, official sources said.

The man who hailed from Chandel district of Manipur died at Catholic Medical Centre (CMC) in Imphal’s Koirengei where he was admitted for treatment of chronic diseases.

He expired due to COVID-19. He was also suffering from Hypertension, T2 diabetes mellitus and chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases, a report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said today.

Following the result, CMC hospital has been sealed after the Imphal East district administration declared the hospital premises as a containment zone, the source said.

Including the aged person, the state has reported six COVID-19 related deaths since the first fatality reported on July 29.

Meanwhile, 80 more personnel of the Central security forces posted in Manipur and 55 individuals including 37 without recent travel history were among new COVID cases detected in the state in the last 24 hours (6.30 pm of July 31 till 6.30 pm of August 1).

A release of the COVID-19 Common Control Room informed that of the 55 new cases, 43 were males and the remaining 12 females. Among them, 37 had no significant recent travel history.

Of the 55 new cases, 31 were from Imphal East district, nine from Imphal West, four from Bishnupur district, two each from Kakching and Tengnoupal districts, three from Thoubal and one each from Kangpokpi, Tamenglong and Ukhrul districts.

Including the new cases, the COVID-19 infections tally in the state rose to 2756. Of these, 1051 were active cases and 1699 recovered cases as 10 persons were recovered and discharged on Saturday.

The common COVID control room said contacts were divisible into close or high risk and low risk contacts. Close contacts were persons who have come within six feet of a positive case and remained there for more than 15 minutes.

Close contacts should compulsorily undergo 14 days quarantine and testing. Low risk contacts on the other hand, may not necessarily undergo testing unless symptomatic, it added.


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