First Northeast COVID-19 patient completes surveillance period

Correspondent IMPHAL, APR 27 | Publish Date: 4/27/2020 12:05:49 PM IST

The first COVID-19 case not only in Manipur but also in the Northeast who recovered  from the disease has now completed her 14 days surveillance period on Monday and is free to move around .

The 23-year-old girl from Imphal’s Thangmeiband locality was declared free from surveillance after she tested negative for the virus in the latest test conducted today (Monday).

The girl who studied in the United Kingdom returned to Imphal via Delhi, Kolkata via Agartala and  tested positive for the contagion on March 24 last. 

She was discharged from JNIMS hospital where she was treated on April 12. However, she had to be on home quarantine for two weeks as per COVID-19 protocol. Since then, a team of three doctors has been monitoring her health conditions every day.  With the completion of the two weeks quarantine period, her swab sample was tested for the virus at JNIMS’s VRDL once again and for the fourth time she was declared cured from the disease today, an official source said.

State chief minister N Biren Singh confirmed the girl being free of COVID-19 surveillance team of the state health department, in a Facebook post.

“Glad to share that the 1st #Covid_19 patient from Manipur Vimi (name of the girl) is now free from surveillance, as per protocol, as her test result is found -ve for the 4th time today,” he stated in the post. 

Singh added, “She was detected positive on March 24 and discharged from JNIMS on April 12 after testing negative for the 3rd time.” Manipur, which was included among states of India hit by new corona virus after the girl tested positive, had two positive cases of COVID-19.  However, the state is free from active COVID-19 case with the recovery of the second patient, a 65-year-old patient linked Tablighi Jamaat event in Delhi’s Nizamuddin and no fresh case reported till date. He was discharged from RIMS hospital where he was treated on April 21 last and still on compulsory home quarantine under the surveillance of the state health department.

Manipur had the first COVID-19 case wreported among the northeast was also the first state that able to cure the disease. 

On the other hand, despite no positive cases, the state continue to remain alert by taking up various measures to combat the spread of the disease despite no community or local transmission of the contagion.


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