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Scribes, CM secretariat staff test negative in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Jul 27 | Publish Date: 7/27/2020 1:01:50 PM IST

Journalists and staff of Manipur Chief Minister’s Secretariat including security personnel guarding the complex tested native for COVID-19 on Monday.

A total of 19 reporters and cameramen of print and electronic media who attended a news conference at Chief Minister’s Secretariat on July 22  and 222 staffers and security personnel of the secretariat were subjected to COVID-19 tests.  The mass testing was necessitated after a staffer of the National Health Mission (NHM) deputed as data entry operator at the COVID-19 Common Control Room was found positive for the virus on Saturday.

The state government has also sealed the chief minister’s secretariat and state police headquarters situated adjacent to the secretariat after declaring the area as COVID-19 containment zone.

On the other hand, three doctors and a staff of the Covid care facility in Thoubal district were among 28 new COVID-19 cases detected in the district, an official source said on Monday.

Three doctors and a grade-IV employee of the Thoubal district hospital were among nine persons from the district whose swab samples were tested at RIMS’s VRDL late Sunday night. The remaining 19 persons were confirmed on Monday during testing using antigen kit at two facilities after local and cluster level transmission of the contagion was reported in the last few days. Including the 28 new cases, the district has a total of 221 persons infected by the virus, out of which only 64 are active.

Meanwhile, the status update on COVID-19 of the state health department showed detection of 51 new cases in the last 24 hours.

The COVID-19 tally in Manipur rose to 2,286. Out of them, 690 were active cases and 1,596 have recovered.

The total number of recovered cases included 42 patients who were discharged on Monday after they were found free from the virus during RT PCR testing, the health department said.

It added that a total of 1,687 samples including 78 at a private diagnostic facility were tested during the last 24 hours. With these, the number of samples tested so far in the state rose to 80,055.

A release of the COVID-19 Common Control Room, said that of the 51 new cases, 24 (18 from Thoubal, four from Imphal East and one each from Imphal West and Churachandpur) were locally transmitted cases. The control room added that 11 personnel of the Central Security Forces (CISF) were also found to have been infected by the disease. They were among the personnel who arrived in the state recently and stayed at the designated quarantine centres.

 

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