Imphal West turns into COVID hotspot after by-polls

Imphal West turns into COVID hotspot after by-polls
File photo of voters at a polling booth during the recent by-poll in Manipur.
Correspondent IMPHAL, Nov 20 | Publish Date: 11/20/2020 11:35:47 AM IST

Wangoi Assembly constituency of Imphal West district where by-polls were conducted recently is turning out to be a COVID-19 hotspot in Manipur.

After 95 persons tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Thursday, 38 more persons were found to have contracted the contagion during testing of one member of each household on Friday.

The 133 positive cases were detected during testing of one member of each of 848 households so far covered during the targeted testing drive of the state health department.

On November 7, by-polls were conducted in four Assembly constituencies spread over three districts of Manipur amid the worst time of COVID-19 pandemic.

Sensing the spread of the contagion among the general masses during the by-polls, the state health department launched targeted testing in the three of the four constituencies.

The drive in Wangoi AC took place on Thursday while the same in Lilong and Wangjing-Tentha AC of Thoubal district commenced today.

The drive in these three constituencies will continue till November 22 even though the state health authority is yet to fix a date for such intensive COVID-19 test drive in Saitu AC of Kangpokpi district.

Meanwhile, the daily COVID-19 update status of the state health department on Friday showed detection of 200 fresh cases which included 12 personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).

With the fresh 200 cases, the COVID-19 infection count of the state increased to 22,748, out of which 19,620 have recovered , that is 86.24% recovery.

The recovered cases included 189 patients discharged on Friday after recovering from the viral infection.

Among the districts of the state, Imphal West, one of the twin capital districts recorded a maximum number of 114 out of the 200 fresh positive cases.

The district alone shared 7,197 of the state’s 22,748 infections to become the worst affected among the 16 districts of the state. Imphal East district followed far behind with 4365 infections.

Currently, 2,896 active cases including 206 CAPF personnel are being treated at various Covid care facilities.

Only one man aged 58 years from Thoubal district died, taking the total fatality due to COVID-19 related illness to 232.

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