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First Manipur COVID-19 patient tests negative

First Manipur COVID-19 patient tests negative
File photo of the first COVID-19 patient in Manipur.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 4 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/4/2020 1:45:27 PM IST

The latest test of Manipur’s first COVID-19 patient retuned as negative as her health considerably improved, official sources said on Saturday.

The 23-year-old woman who returned to Imphal from United Kingdom (UK) via Delhi, Kolkata and Agartala tested positive for the novel corona virus on March 24 to become the first COVID-19 patient in the state.

She is currently being treated at JNIMS hospital and her health is reported to be  improving fast. She was tested for the second time today and the result was  negative. 

“Her sample was sent to laboratory today and found negative in the test result. Her sample will be re-tested after 24 hours and if found negative, she will be considered fully recovered,” the hospital source said.

On the other hand, an official release of the COVID-19 Common Control Room of Manipur government informed that all the 37 high risk co-passengers of the first COVID-19 positive person of Air Asia flight have completed their 14-day quarantine.

They will be referred to RIMS and JNIMS for mandatory testing, the release added.

So far, Manipur has two positive cases and the second patient, an elderly 65-year-old man from Lilong locality of Thoubal district is being treating at RIMS hospital, Imphal

Also, the test results of all the 11 family members of the 2nd patient have been found negative, the release of COVID-19 Common Control Room said.

Meanwhile, the state authority continued surveillance in the locality where the patient hails from.

Staffs of the health service authority assisted by police conducted contact tracing at Lilong Turel Ahanbi, the locality of the patient and surrounding localities. 

Contact tracing has so far covered 159 houses of the locality of the patient and medical examinations have been conducted of as many as 1057 persons, the source said.

Thoubal district administration has already sealed the localities within three km surrounding the locality of the patient from the very day of confirmation of the case.

Police have been keeping round the clock vigilance to enforce the ban on entry and exit of the people of the localities. Essential goods of the locals are being supplied through the police and local volunteers, reports said.

Amid the intensified measures to prevent spread of the disease after the two positive cases, authorities have arrested samples of 136 including 22 tested today, the status update on COVID-19 indicated.

As many as 16 suspected cases are also in the government hospitals, while a total of 282 persons were in government designated quarantine centres  at different districts of the state.

So far, five persons have been released on completion of their 14-day quarantine period, according to the status update.

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