Manipur’s COVID-19 fatality rises to four

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 30 | Publish Date: 7/30/2020 12:15:40 PM IST
Complete lockdown extended till August 6 
Manipur reported three more COVID-19 related fatality  along with soaring number of fresh cases.
With the three deaths on Thursday, the COVID-19 related fatality tally in the state rose to four. Three male adults aged 48, 47 and 60 respectively from Leimakhong of Kangpokpi district, Langol of Imphal West and Moijing of Thoubal districts died at RIMS and JNIMS hospitals today.
“They expired due to comorbid health conditions and COVID-19,” a report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room on Thursday stated.
One of the two COVID-19 positive patients who died today at RIMS hospital was a patient under treatment for other chronic diseases and was found infected by COVID during random testing of patients of the hospital after 18 staff, including doctors and nurses,  were contracted the virus.
The 48-year-old man died around 2.40 am on Thursday. He underwent treatment at the Nephrology ward of the hospital since June 8 last with chronic kidney disease and lung infections along with others. 
The other was shifted to the COVID care facility of the hospital after he tested positive for the virus as he was admitted at Shija hospital for medical treatment of  his ailment.
He was admitted at the Covid care facility on Wednesday  and died around 10.30 am on Thursday, official sources said.
The third fatality- a  60-year-old patient from Thoubal’s Moijing village treating at JNIMS hospital was found infected by COVID-19 while being treated  in a ward of the hospital.
The state reported the first COVID-19 related fatality when a 46-year-old man suffering from chronic disease and also tested positive for the virus during treatment at RIMS hospital died on Wednesday.
Meanwhile, 47 new cases (37 males and 10 females) were detected during testing of 783 samples including 49 tested with rapid antigen kits in the last 24 hours (from 6.30 pm of July 29 till 6.30 pm of July 30), an official report of the state health department said.
With the new 47 cases, COVID-19 infection in the state tally rose to 2505 including 829 active cases. 
Including 19 persons discharged today after recovering from the disease, the recovered tally also rose to 1672. The recovery rate stood at 66.90 percent, a report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said.
Of the 47 positive cases detected today, 18 were security personnel and 15 (two from Thoubal district and 13 from Imphal West district) were suspected cases of local transmission. The remaining 14 positive persons were returnees from other states.
The ongoing complete lockdown in Manipur re-imposed after the spread of the pandemic in the local and cluster levels started has been extended for another week, that is, till August 6.
Following a surge in the cases of locally transmitted cases in some districts of the state, the state government re-imposed the complete lockdown for a week with effect from July 23 last.
An order on extension of the complete lockdown was issued by state chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu who is the chairperson of the State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority today.
Following extension of the complete lockdown, district magistrates of all 16 districts of the state have also issued extension of the indefinite curfew in their respective district till August 6, official sources said.


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