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With no new returnees, 23 QCs in Dimapur emptied

With no new returnees, 23 QCs in Dimapur emptied
A view of the ‘reception centre’ for returnees at Agri Expo site.
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN 30 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/30/2020 1:11:17 PM IST

With no fresh returnees, 23 institutional quarantine centres in Dimapur district have been emptied. 

Confirming this at a press conference at commissioner guest house here on Tuesday, agriculture production commissioner (APC) Y Kikheto Sema, who is also in-charge of COVID-19 for Dimapur district, said currently there were 27 institutional quarantine centres and 27 paid hotels, accommodating nearly 2,000 inmates, of which 1500 have been accommodated at institutional quarantine centres and 500 at paid quarantine hotels. Initially, Dimapur had 77 quarantine centres, including the paid hotel, he added. Sema said initially the quarantine centres had accommodated around 6,000 inmates, of which 3,300 were from Dimapur and the remaining from other districts, mostly Mon and Peren. And, so far 4,000 returnees had been released from the centres, he informed newsmen.

The APC also expressed his happiness in confirming that so far no community spread had been reported from any community or colony even after the release of the returnees.

Regarding availability of TrueNat machine, he maintained that at one point of time, the figures of returnees who had completed 14 days at the quarantine centres were high as authorities were unable to release them due to less number of testing facility. But with the availability of more testing facility, he claimed that the number had decreased and now stood at 330. 

He hoped that with the availability of TrueNat and BSL-2 lab, the number would fall further, adding that Dimapur currently had five TrueNat machines – two each at Dimapur COVID Hospital and COVID care unit, Chümoükedima and one at Ganesh Nagar quarantine centre – and BSL-2 lab at Christian Institute Of Health Sciences & Research (CIHSR).

Kikheto also briefed the media about the coordination meeting held at commissioner guest house on Monday to discuss issues related to isolation of returnees from Ganesh Nagar quarantine centre due to the detection of 19 positive cases at the centre, which included 18 returnees from Kerala and one from Delhi. 

As there no isolation facility at the centre, the returnees were kept together. Later, 115 Kerala and Delhi returnees were shifted to various hotels here on Tuesday. The action plan was chalked out by the medical, police, transport and accommodation team, he added. 

Kikheto said the returnees would be tested before being released.

As there are about 84 returnees currently at the Ganesh Nagar quarantine centre, he hoped that the centre too would gradually be emptied. He appreciated the centre’s frontline workers for having extended their cooperation and support to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

 

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