Minister’s relatives, NHM staff test COVID +ve in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 26 | Publish Date: 7/26/2020 12:29:41 PM IST

Manipur health minister L Jayentakumar was tested for COVID-19 amid the worsening situation of the pandemic in the state after widespread infections detected in Thoubal district.

Official sources said the health minister was subjected to COVID-19 test after his three close relatives were tested positive for the virus with unknown sources.

On July 24, a nephew of the minister was hospitalised at a private hospital with critical injuries in a road accident. However, he was found positive for the pandemic when he was subjected to post surgery COVID-19 test on Saturday (July 25).

During contact tracing which was conducted immediately, a son of the injured person and another relative of the minister who evacuated him were also found to have contracted the virus on Sunday.

Following the development, swab samples of the health minister and all his family members and his close contacts, including his personal cum house guards, were tested. 

All of them tested negative for the contagion, a source from the state health department said. 

The patient has been shifted to Covid care facility of RIMS hospital and state health authority sealed the fourth floor of the private hospital ((Shija Hospitals and Research Institute Private Ltd) where the patient was admitted.

Doctors and nurses of the private hospital who attended the patient and other patients in the same floor where the patient admitted were quarantined in the same ward of the hospital.

The OPD service of the hospital has also been closed with immediate effect and contact tracing has been initiated. However, emergency service will continue, an official of the private hospital when contacted over phone.

COVID-19 situation in Manipur is worsening  as mass infections of 36 persons concentrated at two places of Thoubal district were reported besides detection of locally transmitted cases in other districts of the state too.

The 36 persons were tested positive for COVID-19 during rapid antigen tests conducted at some places of the district after locally transmitted cases were reported. The infection has reached the state chief minister’s secretariat after a staffer of the National Health Mission (NHM) deputed at COVID-19 Common Control Room opened at the secretariat also tested positive for the virus.

The chief minister’s secretariat and the state police headquarters adjacent to the secretariat have been declared containment zones following the test result of the staffer. 

The staffer was subjected to COVID-19 test during contact tracing of a doctor at Senapati district hospital who tested positive for the virus. 

The staffer has a history of travelling to Senapati on July 21 along with one of his colleagues where they met with the COVID positive doctor at Senapati district hospital. 

After returning from Senapati, he had also attended work at the COVID-19 Common Control Room on July 22.  

Following the development, state authority has sealed the COVID-19 Common Control Room set up at the Durbar Hall of the chief minister’s secretariat for seven days. 

State health authorities have started rigorous contact tracing and conducted COVID tests on the staff of the secretariat. 

As part of tracing of secondary contacts, media persons who attended a chief minister’s news conference held at the same hall on July 22 were asked to undergo home quarantine for 14 days. All the media persons who attended the news conference will be subjected to COVID-19 test tomorrow (July 26), official sources said.  

Infections rise to 2235; 59 new cases 

Further surveillance was conducted in Churachandpur district where 545 contacts of an employee of a private lab were identified. 143 of them tested  negative and results of the remaining were awaited, it said. 

In the last 24 hours, 59 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported . 

The total number of COVID-19 infections in Manipur rose to 2,235 on Sunday, including the 59 new cases. Of them 714 were active cases as the number of recovered cases stood at 1521. 

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