COVID-19 infections in Manipur cross 2000-mark

Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 21 | Publish Date: 7/21/2020 12:31:50 PM IST

 An indefinite curfew was promulgated in a valley district of Manipur on Tuesday which reported gradual spike in locally transmitted COVID-19 cases in the last few days.

The situation in Thoubal district was grim even as more persons with no history of travel outside the district and the state tested positive for the pandemic during rapid antigen tests.
An order of the district magistrate N Bandana promulgating the restriction today declared prohibitory orders under sub-section 2 of section 144 of CrPC 1973 in the entire district with immediate effect and until further orders.
The order restricteds movement of any person outside their respective residences but will not apply to the agencies of the government involved in maintenance of law and order and essential services and emergency services.
Earlier, the district magistrate had passed orders on July 15 and 18 for enforcement of containment measures to prevent the spread of COVID 19 in the district. Intensive contact tracing of house to house surveillance and testing of primary contacts of COVID-19 positive cases were carried out to break the chain of transmission.
During the contact tracing exercise, screening of COVID 19 positive cases among the primary contacts in Thoubal district increased in the last few days, the order stated. The latest update on COVID-19 situation of the state health department reported 25 new cases including four persons with local contact histories while the remaining 21 were returnees from other states. 
With these 25 new infections, the tally of COVID-19 infections in Thoubal district rose to 150 including 16 with no recent travel histories in the last two days. Locally transmitted cases included four members of a family and contacts of a gram panchayat pradhan who had a history of contacting returnees lodged at a community quarantine centre. Thoubal is the second district after Jiribam district where locally transmitted have been reported in the state.
The first report of local transmission as from Jiribam, a district bordering Assam, after mass infection of over 50 police personnel and their family members was reported in the first week of July. Consequently, Jiribam came under complete lockdown to check further spread of the disease. 
However, fresh cases continued to be detected in the district as 17 persons from the district were tested positive for the virus on Tuesday.  On the other hand, Manipur reported the highest single-day spike in the COVID-19 infections with 90 positive cases in the last 24 hours (from 6.30 pm of July 20 to 6.30 pm of July 21).
Except the four non-returnees from Thoubal district with local contact histories, the rest were returnees from other states, a report of the state health department said.
During the same period, a total of 64 persons were discharged upon revocery, the report added.
The COVID-19 infections tally rose to 2015 comprising 631 active cases and 1384 recoveries. The recovery rate was 68.68 percent, the report added.
Meanwhile, a release of the COVID-19 Common Control room of the state government reminded that measures such as social distancing, wearing of face mask, hand hygiene, cough etiquette and avoidance of non-essential travel still stood effective in checking the spread of COVID-19.
“Till date there is no evidence for community transmission in any part of the state,” the release further informed. 


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