Mnp health dept cautions against COVID second wave

Correspondent IMPHAL, Dec 11 | Publish Date: 12/11/2020 12:20:28 PM IST

Manipur health department on Friday cautioned against  second coronavirus wave with the onset of winter season. The officials of the department also credited the declining trend of COVID-19 positive caseload in the state to people’s positive response to government calls for following appropriate behaviour to avoid contracting the deadly virus.

Addressing the weekly media briefing on the COVID-19 status update, state health director Dr K Rajo Singh cautioned people of exposure to the deadly contagious virus.

“The virus is getting stronger with the onset of winter. We still need to take care of ourselves. We need to wear masks while going out of the home and maintaining social distancing,” he said. 

Observing a decline in the positive cases in the last few weeks, the director claimed getting the fruit of government efforts to contain the spread of the contagious virus in the state.

Now, people have started obeying the COVID-19 appropriate behaviours laid down by the government from time to time after the state government constituted committees to create awareness on COVID-19 to the masses, he said.

People were seen responding to the Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) to avoid contracting with the virus. The credit of this should be given to the government’s efforts in fighting the pandemic, he said.

Analysis of the daily COVID-19 update report of the state health department showed slight decline in the daily caseload with records of below 200-mark in the last around two weeks.

In view of the rapid surge in infection and fatality cases in the state, Manipur government had constituted task forces and committees at various levels to aware the people on the appropriate behaviours to be followed to avoid contracting the virus.

The director further informed that the state health department has initiated steps to launch COVID-19 vaccination programme in the state from January 2021 following an instruction from the Union ministry of health and family welfare.

The director said that the Centre was hoping for the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine in the country by January next year.

“As per instruction of the Union ministry we have prepared a list of healthcare workers and healthcare service providers who will be given priority during the first phase of the vaccination programme,” he said.

On the other hand, two deaths over the last 24 hours (till 4pm of December 11) pushed the overall COVID-19 fatality in the state to 320 on Friday.

Two male patients of age 36 and 41 years, hailing from Imphal East district succumbed to the corona virus illness, the daily update report of the state health department stated.

The overall people exposed to the respiratory infection disease in the state also rose to 26,859 with 174 more persons diagnosed with the virus over the last 24 hours. The new caseload included 38 personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).

The overall infection tally included 23,541 recoveries and 2,998 active cases. The recovery rate of the state was 87.64%.

The recoveries included 144 including four CAPF personnel discharged over the last 24 hours. 

The most affected twin capital districts, Imphal West and Imphal East, continued to report the maximum number of new cases with 45 and 41 respectively.


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