Manipur CM N Biren Singh tests COVID-19 positive

Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 15 | Publish Date: 11/15/2020 1:50:36 PM IST

Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh who had attended a series of events in the last few days on Sunday made known in a Facebook post that  he  has tested positive for the novel coronavirus.

The chief minister said he was fine at the moment but did not explain whether he was hospitalised or on home isolation.

“Friends, I have tested Covid positive today after having some symptoms. All those who have been in close proximity to me in the last few days are requested to get themselves tested. I am fine at the moment” Singh wrote.

Sources said that the chief minister was tested after he developed symptoms of the new coronavirus like cough and headache on Sunday morning.

He was first tested with a Rapid Antigen kit .After the result turned out positive,  his swab sample was again tested with RT PCR to confirm the infection by the virus.

The chief minister had attended a series of events in the last few days after he was actively involved campaigning for his party (BJP) candidates in the recently concluded by-polls in four Assembly segments.

The by-polls that his party (BJP) won in three of the four seats were held on November 7 last.

At the latest, the chief minister met with some leaders of the Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) at his native residence at Luwangshangbam in Imphal.

“Thadou Students’ Association (TSA) leaders called on me at my residence at Luwangsangbam to congratulate me on the huge mandate of the people and thumping victory at the recent by-election. I urge the student group to assist the Government and help in eradicating the drugs menace,” the Singh tweeted on the same day.

Earlier on November 12, Singh had attended the swearing in ceremony of the newly elected members of the state Assembly. 

On the same day, he had also addressed a press conference held at the chief minister’s secretariat and launching function of an oil palm project earlier.

On November 10, he chaired a cabinet meeting held at the cabinet room of the chief minister’s secretariat.

The positive result of the chief minister has come at a time when the state government is considering mass testing of people in the four Assembly segments where the by-polls were conducted on November 7 last.

The chief minister was the latest among the sitting legislators of the state to test positive for COVID-19. 

Earlier, state works minister Th Bishwajit and the then social welfare minister Nemcha Kipgen had been infected by the contagion. Nemcha has been removed from the council of ministers in the last week of September this year.

Congress MLA Md Fajur Rehman was the first state legislator who contracted the virus. Rahman who tested positive after his return from New Delhi had even skipped a one session of the state Assembly on August 10 last.

Among the top officials of the state administration, DGP LM Khoute had also recently tested positive for the viral infection.

The chief minister was among the 235 persons including 22 Central security forces who are the new COVID-19 positive cases on Sunday.

Manipur’s COVID-19 count was close to 22,000-mark with 235 fresh positive cases and three deaths reported in the state to push the pandemic related fatality to 221 on Sunday.

The daily COVID-19 status report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room of the state government stated that 213 persons from the general population and 22 personnel of the CAPF were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours (till 4 pm of November 15).

The daily status report showed deaths of three COVID-19 infected patients during the same period, taking the cumulative number of deaths due to the viral infection to 221 in the state.

The infection count of the state stood at 21,871, including 18,593 recovered cases on Sunday. 

A total of 259 patients including 21 CAPF personnel were discharged after they recovered during the past 24 hours, putting the recovery rate in the state at 85.01%.

The active cases stood at 3,057 active cases including 252 CAPF personnel.

Imphal West and Imphal East, the worst affected twin capital districts of the state continued to detect a maximum number of fresh positive cases.

Of the 213 fresh cases confirmed among the general populace, 83 were from Imphal West district and 73 from Imphal East district, as per the daily status report of the state health department.


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