COVID community transmission on the rise in Manipur

COVID community transmission on the rise in Manipur
Temporary barricades at inter-district border in Thoubal district.
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 22 | Publish Date: 7/22/2020 2:03:08 PM IST

 Over 40 cases of local transmission in Thoubal district

After reports of community transmission of COVID, Manipur’s thoubal district isolated from other parts of the state even as it is under complete lockdown.

Apart from banning cross inter-district movement by detailing police at almost all the inter-district roads, locals of border districts also barred entry of residents of Thoubal district in their respective locality fearing the pandemic.

They erected temporary barricades to close down the roads in their bid to avoid contacting the virus and even prevented residents of Thoubal from crossing the border on foot.

Apart from the three valley districts, Thoubal also shares borders with hill districts like Chandel, Tengnoupal and Kamjong districts. The COVID-19 situation in Thoubal district was grim after local transmission occurred in the district. Another district that reported local is Jiribam.

Official sources said that more than 40 locally transmitted cases were reported in Thoubal till Wednesday. Following evidence of locally transmitted cases, the state health authority swung into action to contain further spread of the disease.  The authority has also taken up rapid antigen tests of people with history of contacts with the infected persons and so far 652 persons with no recent travel history identified during contact tracing were tested. Among them, 40 tested positive for COVID till 2 pm of today, the official said.

It was after reports of local transmission that the state government ordered complete lockdown of the district, following which the district magistrate promulgated an indefinite curfew in the entire district on Tuesday.

Meanwhile, two boys’ hostels of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS), Imphal one of the two biggest hospitals in the state have been completely sealed after the mother of an inmate (medical student) was found infected by the pandemic. The two hostels (no. 2 and 30 located inside the hospital campus have been shut since 9 pm on Tuesday by an order issued by the JNIMS administration.

The order prohibited entry of outsiders and exit of inmates and other hostel staff in the two hostels until further notice.

Reports said a final year MBBS student lodged at hostel no. 2 of the boys’ hostel was at his home in Thoubal district for three days (from July 12 to 14) before her mother tested positive for COVID-19.  

After returning to the hostel, he had visited his friends in the hostel no. 2 and 3 and shared a meal together at hostel no.3. 

Samples of all the 53 medical students of the two hostels were sent for testing for COVID-19 on Wednesday morning.

On the other hand, four more persons from Thoubal district with history of contact with positive persons were confirmed for the virus on Wednesday.  They were among 45 new COVID-19 infections reported in the state during the last 24 hours, COVID-19 Common Control Room informed in a statement on Wednesday.

Including the 45 new cases, the COVID-19 infections tally of the state rose to 2060. Of them, 642 were active cases. The recovered cases reached 1418 with the discharge of 34 persons upon recovery on Wednesday. The recovery rate was 68.83 percent, the statement added. Of the 45 new positive cases detected in the last 24 hours, 40 were males and five females. Except the four from Thoubal district having contact history, all others were returnees from other states.

Of the 813 samples, 409 were tested at JNIMS VRDL in which 21 of them were found to be infected by the virus. 

Using antigen testing kits, 355 samples were tested, out of which results of 24 turned out to be positive for the virus.

Another 39 samples were tested at a private testing facility in Imphal East district with all negative results, a source in the state health department said.

The state has so far tested 73,866 persons for the virus, the source added.

The COVID-19 Common Control room clarified that there was no report of death due to COVID-19 from any part of the state.

It reminded that a personnel of the 37 Assam Rifles posted at Pailanpool of Assam’s Cachar district, bordering Manipur was found positive and treated at Silchar Medical College where he expired on July 19 last.


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