No community transmission in Manipur: Biren

No community transmission in Manipur: Biren
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh inspecting the 300-bed Covid Care Centre in Imphal West on Monday.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 3 | Publish Date: 8/3/2020 12:28:17 PM IST


Despite high number of cases, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday said there was no community transmission of Covid-19 in the state.

In Manipur, the number of positive cases among people with no travel history has been surging rapidly in the last few weeks and the situation is quite akin to community transmission.

Even though there was fear of community transmission already taking place in the state, the chief minister said that there was evidence of local transmission but no community transmission of the pandemic in the state. 

“As of now, we cannot say that there is community transmission of the disease,” Singh told reporters after he opened a 300-bed temporary Covid Care Centre (CCC) at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboikhongnangkhong in Imphal West district.

“At this stage, people need to understand and abide by the COVID-19 SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) strictly. Otherwise, it will be hard to contain the spread of the disease,” he said.

He maintained that awareness among the people was needed to contain further spread of the disease and appealed to the people to come out openly for early treatment instead of concealing their COVID-19 status if tested positive.

The chief minister said that the 300-bed CCC opened on Monday will be upgraded to a 1000-bed centre as it has enough space for extension. 

With the opening of the new CCC, the problems faced by the government in admitting positive patients will be reduced to certain extent, he said.

The chief minister also lauded the officials of state health department and other officials for setting up the CCC so that infected people can get timely treatment.

He maintained that his government was making all effort with all its resources to contain further spread of the pandemic. 

Responding to a query regarding allegations of government hospitals refusing to admit non-COVID-19 patients for treatment, the chief minister said that there was no question of neglecting non-COVID-19 patients by the doctors. There was no case of hospital authorities refusing to admit them but there were instances of delay in treating the patients while waiting test results, said Singh.

He further added that the “government will produce a detailed report to clarify the allegations.”

The CCC opened on Monday is 14th such facility opened in the state since the outbreak of the pandemic.

The inauguration programme was also attended by state deputy chief minister Y Joykumar, health minister L Jayantakumar, chief secretary (in-charge) Dr Rajesh Kumar and state health director Dr K Rajo among other officials.

89 new COVID cases in Manipur

Five personnel of CISF who have been deputed as security escorts of Manipur chief minister were found positive for COVID-19.

Including the five Central security personnel, 89 new cases of COVID-19 was detected in Manipur in the past 24 hours, an official report from the state health department said.

Of the 84 new cases among the general population of the state, 80 of them were locals having no significant travel history and the remaining four were returnees from other states, the report said.

Among the locally contacted cases, 51 were from Imphal West district, 28 from Thoubal district and one from Bishnupur district.


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