Manipur ex-CM’s quarter sealed after 11 of his escort test COVID positive

Correspondent IMPHAL, Sep 2 | Publish Date: 9/2/2020 12:36:47 PM IST
Former Manipur chief minister and opposition Congress leader O Ibobi Singh and his family members were on Wednesday subjected to COVID-19 test after 11 of his personal escort cum house guards tested positive for COVID-19.
Singh and his family members tested negative for the virus, official sources said. 
However, O Ibobi Singh’s premise in Imphal’s Babupara has been sealed in view of the impending threat of COVID-19 pandemic in the area, an official source said.
Escorts cum house guards who were symptomatic were admitted at a Covid care centre in Imphal while those asymptomatic were kept isolated from others, the source said.
It may be mentioned that senior Congress leader attended a function held at Imphal Congress Bhavan on August 31.  
Subsequently, the state health department has taken up steps to collect swab samples of the state Congress leaders and workers who attended the function for testing.
The Imphal Congress Bhavan was also sanitized, the source said.
Meanwhile, with 125 new cases reported on Wednesday, the COVID-19 infection toll in Manipur rose to 6507. 
The death toll stood at 29 as there was no report of fatality from any part of the state in the last 24 hours.
Out of these total infections, 1871 were active cases. 
Recovered cases increased to 4607 with the discharge of 157 patients including 63 Central security force personnel on Wednesday.
The recovery rate of the state stood at 70.80%, according to a report of the state health department.
The report showed that only two of the 125 new cases detected in the last 24 hours (till 5 pm of September 2) were Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel.
All 123 new cases from the general populace have no significant travel history in the recent past. Among them 40 were from Imphal West district, 18 from Imphal East, 14 from Thoubal, 17 from Bishnupur, 28 from Churachandpur, five from Kakching and one from Chandel district.
Giving a detailed account of the status of the pandemic in the state, a report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said that 1602 of the total infections of 6507 were CAPF personnel and the rest 4905 were from the general population of the state.
Of the total 1602 infected CAPF personnel, 947 have recovered while the remaining 653 were currently treated at various COVID care centres.
Of the 4905 total infections among the general population, 3660 have been recovered and 1218 are active cases.


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