Manipur reports first COVID-19 fatality

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 29 | Publish Date: 7/29/2020 12:10:28 PM IST

 Highest single-day spike of 141 new Covid-19 cases

Manipur reported its first coronavirus disease (Covid-19) related fatality on Wednesday after a 56-year-old man suffering from chronic diseases succumbed three days after he was tested positive for the virus. He was the first COVID-19 victim reported in the state and second among the natives of the state after  a woman from Imphal East district died at a hospital in Mumbai in May this year.
The woman was in Mumbai for the treatment of her husband, a cancer patient who also tested positive for the virus after he returned to the state but recovered later.
The first COVID-19 death victim hailed from Khongjoam of Thoubal district. He died at the Covid care facility of RIMS hospital, Imphal where he was shifted from the general ward of the same hospital three days ago. He was infected by the virus while seeking treatment in the hospital on May 22 and tested positive for the virus on July 26 following which he was shifted to the Covid care facility of the hospital. 
A statement of the RIMS medical superintendent said that the patient was found COVID positive during a thorough screening for COVID-19 among health care workers and patients of the RIMS hospital. The screening among the employees and patients of the hospital was done after as many as 18 employees, including doctors, nurses and attendants of the hospital contracted the virus in the last few days.
Medical superintendent Prof Ch Arunkumar Singh said despite intensive treatment, the patient succumbed to kidney failure, infection of kidney and lower respiratory tract. The patient had long standing Type-2 Diabetes Mellitus and Hypertension. “COVID-19 is present recently,” he stated. 
The patient succumbed around 2 am on Wednesday, hospital sources said. Authorities of the state government have made arrangement for the disposal of the first COVID-19 death, strictly adhering to government’s COVID-19 dead body management guidelines
The body will be cremated at a public crematorium in Imphal’s Sanjenthong, an official source said. Meanwhile, Manipur reported the highest single-day spike of 141 coronavirus cases on Wednesday, taking the state’s tally to 2458, as per status update on COVID-19 of the state health department.
The tally included 805 active cases as the recovered cases tally stood at 1653 with the discharge of 38 patients after they were found free from the virus during the latest RT PCR test. The 141 new cases were detected during testing of 2,508 samples in the last 24 hours (from 6.30 pm of July 28 till 6.30 pm of July 29).
Of the 141 new cases, 30 of them were from Imphal West, 51 from Churachandpur district, eight from Thoubal district, seven from Imphal East district, two from Bishnupur district, 29 from Senapati district, three from Kakching district and four from Tamenglong district.
Amid the surge in the cases of COVID-19 in the state, 273 passengers including state natives stranded at various parts of the country owing to the COVID-19 induced lockdown arrived in the state. Of them, 192 were arrived in Imphal by air while 81 by surface on NH-2 passing through Mao gate bordering Nagaland, the status update on COVID-19 of the state health department showed.


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