COVID-19 infections in Manipur cross 1000-mark

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUN 25 | Publish Date: 6/25/2020 1:19:09 PM IST

COVID-19 infections in Manipur crossed 1000 after 86 more returnees tested positive in the last 24 hours, officials said on Thursday.

With the 86 fresh cases, the COVID-19 infections tally of the state rose to 1056 with 705 active cases and 354 recoveries. The official source put the recovery rate in the state at 33.52 percent. Of the 86 fresh cases, 53 were males and remaining 33 females. The fresh cases were from 1,776 samples sample that were tested .The source added that  testing of all the samples collected so far will be completed in the next two or three days.

A total of 26 patients were also discharged from the COVID care facility at Churachandpur district hospital (5), COVID Care Centre at UNNANCO School (16) and RIMS (10), the source at the COVID-19 Common Control Room said. A status update data on COVID-19 of the state health department showed 14,601 returnees lodged at quarantine centres across the state.

Among them, 3,556 were in the government quarantine centres, 10,595 in community quarantine centres and 450 at paid quarantine centres (government notified hotels for quarantine).  No locally transmitted case or death due to the pandemic have been  reported in the state till date.

Additional director of state health department Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang said there will be no community transmission of the pandemic in the state if the COVID-19 protocols and guidelines of the ICMR as well as the time to advisories of the state health department were strictly adhered. Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang who was speaking at a media sensitisation cum workshop on COVID-19 held in Imphal on Thursday however cautioned that if community transmission takes place in the state, it will be a serious. He also lamented the callous attitude of people of the state.

He said that when there were only a few cases, the people of the state took utmost care but after rapid increase was witnessed, people seemed not to care in taking protective measures like wearing face masks and social distancing, the key measures to protect from contracting the virus. He admitted that the state health department was facing shortage of manpower but said it is likely to be solved soon as the state government has decided to recruit more doctors and nurses.

Till date, a total of 45,253 samples have been tested in the two state level VRDLs in the state. 



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