Manipur’s COVID-19 fatality rises to five after one more dies

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 31 | Publish Date: 7/31/2020 12:50:47 PM IST

Manipur witnessed yet another Covid-19 related death to take the fatality to five amid a sharp rise in the positive cases with 116 new cases in the past 24 hours.

The 38-year-old man from Thoubal district died at JNIMS hospital due to COVID-19. He was also suffering from T2 diabetes mellitus and hypertension, a report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said on Friday.

Official sources said that the deceased was tested positive while attending medical treatment at a private clinic in Thoubal district. He was admitted to the COVID care facility of JNIMS three days ago, on July 29.

Manipur, which had recorded the first ever COVID-19 positive case in NE had no Covid-19-related death till July 28.

However,  after a 56-year-old man became the first fatality of virus, the state has now seen five people succumb to the disease in the last three days.

Of the five, three were from Thoubal district where local transmission of the virus took place amid hectic efforts of the state government to prevent it from spreading to other places of the state. 

Meanwhile, the state reported 116 new cases of the contagion in the last 24 hours (from 6.30 pm of July 30 till 6.30 pm of July 31) including 80 security personnel and 19 suspected locally transmitted cases.

Of the 19 suspected locally transmitted cases, 10 were from Thoubal district, seven from Imphal West and two from Tamenglong district.

The state has now 2621 persons infected by the deadly virus. Of them, 931 were active cases as the recovered cases rose to 1689 after 17 persons were recovered from the disease and discharged  on Friday.

The recovery rate of the state stood at 64.44 percent, the common control room stated.

On the other hand, analysis of the daily status update on COVID-19 of the state health department showed Imphal West has the highest number of COVID-19 infections with 335 cases including 173 active cases. 

With 304 including 152 active cases, Churachandpur closely followed Imphal West district.  A total of 59 new cases were detected in the district during the last 24 hours.

Even though no new case was detected in Jiribam district where the first locally transmitted and cluster level transmission of the pandemic was reported, 15 new cases were found in Thoubal district.

Of the 15 new cases in Thoubal, 10 persons have no significant travel history, the control room report said.

COVID-19 situation got worse after  locally transmitted cases were detected in the state from the middle of July, following which the state government was compelled to re-imposed stringent lockdown to check the spread of the pandemic.

The more serious problem being faced in the state was the virus getting transmitted among patients treated at RIMS and other hospitals of the state.

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