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Over 30 quarantined as caterer tests COVID-19 positive in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 27 | Publish Date: 6/27/2020 11:00:07 AM IST

Authorities in Manipur’s Thoubal district swung into action to check community transmission after a volunteer at a catering service in a COVID-19 quarantine centres tested positive for the virus.

The volunteer at catering was the seventh person who tested positive for coronavirus among the frontline warriors and with no recent travel history outside the state. Two doctors and four nurses had earlier tested positive for COVID-19.

The volunteer actively involved in catering service at some quarantine centres in the district tested positive for the virus on Friday and was immediately shifted to a COVID care facility of Thoubal district hospital.

The district COVID-19 surveillance team on Saturday identified as many as 30 people during contact tracing and put them into quarantine centres, officials said on Saturday. 

Some of them including family members have been lodged at a community quarantine centre with better facilities, while the remaining were quarantined at a new centre at Thoubal District Congress Committee office premises, the official said.

Swab samples of family members and some volunteers at catering service together along with the sample of the person who positive case were sent for testing. A team led by district COVID-19 surveillance officer also recorded contact histories of the people lodged at the quarantine centres to initiate other necessary precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing, the source said.

Meanwhile, total COVID-19 cases in Manipur rose to 1,096 with 17 fresh cases -12 males and five females – in the last 24 hours. Of these 1,096 infections, 660 were active cases. The total recovered cases increased to 432 after 39 individuals were discharged on Saturday. The recovery rate is 39.56 percent. All the 17 fresh cases were detected among returnees from other states lodged at different quarantine centres across the state since their arrival.

Among the fresh cases, 11 of them are from Imphal West district, four from Ukhrul district and one each from Kakching and Thoubal district, the source said.

An official source in the state health department said that there was no more sample backlog for testing.

In another development, Democratic Students’ Alliance of Manipur (DESAM) today expressed shock over disposal of bio-medical wastes from COVID-19 treatment by burning at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), the state run biggest hospital. The state has three incinerators to dispose bio-medical wastes from the hospital including one each at RIMS and JNIMS hospital. However, all are defunct despite DESAM’s repeated request to the authorities.

The student body threatened to lodge a complaint with the National Green Tribunal if the state government, particularly the health department, fails to take up immediate steps for proper disposal of the wastes as per relevant guidelines.

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