Intl footballer, scribe among locally transmitted COVID cases in Manipur

Correspondent IMPHAL, AUG 20 | Publish Date: 8/20/2020 12:15:06 PM IST

An international footballer and one journalist tested positive for COVID in Manipur even as the tally rose closer to the 5000-mark on Thursday.

Official sources said that footballer Boris Thangjam, a team member of India’s 2017 FIFA U-17 World Cup tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday.

The 20-year-old footballer who had played as right back in two of India’s three matches in the U-17 World Cup which the country hosted in 2017 was the first among the renowned footballers from the state who tested positive for virus and third among the international level sportspersons infected by the virus after international boxers Ng Dinku and L Sarita Devi.

According to a family source, Boris, a resident of Imphal’s Thangmeiband locality was tested positive leaving for Bangalore to join a training camp for Indian Super League.

He has been in Imphal since he returned from Goa in April this year. He has no recent travel history except going to the local ground to train.

Meanwhile, a scribe working in the news section of a local TV network also tested positive on Thursday. 

Following the positive test result, All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) today stressed the need for its members to be careful while discharging their duties.

The Union appealed to scribes to strictly follow the advisory repeatedly circulated by AMWJU among its members while urging publishers and editors to cooperate with the union as scribes followed the advisory while discharging their duties.

Including the footballer and scribe, Manipur registered 49 COVID cases (25 males and 15 females) in the past 24 hours (till 5pm of August 20).

An official report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room showed nine out of 49 new cases were personnel of the Central security forces while the remaining 40 were locals without any significant travel history.

With the fresh cases, the state’s COVID-19 tally rose to 4925 comprising of 1286 Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel. 

After discharge of 70 CAPF personnel upon recovery on Thursday, the recovered cases increased to 3002 which included 410 CAPF personnel. The recovery rate stood at 60.95%, the control room stated.

Of the 1905 active cases currently treated at various COVID care facilities across the state, 875 were CAPF personnel, the report added.

There was no official report of any death from any part of the state in the last 24 hours. As such, the cumulative number of deaths stood at 18, the control room informed.


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