First Covid-19 case of NE detected in state 

 STAFF REPORTER/PTI 

IMPHAL, 24th Mar: The first ever COVID-19 confirmed case was detected in Manipur on a 23-year old woman from Imphal. The patient studies in the UK and arrived in New Delhi on March 19. She landed in Kolkata the following day where she stayed the night in a hotel along with her younger brother, who returned from Atlanta, USA. They arrived at Imphal by Air Asia flight no. I5-501 from Kolkata to Imphal via Agartala on March 21 at around 3 pm. 

Meanwhile, a fake claim of the patient coming to Imphal from Guwahati in a bus and attending marriage ceremony and feasts also went viral on social media. In fact, she remained home quarantined the night she reached home and got admitted to JNIMS isolation ward on March 22 following health complications. Three tests for COVID-19 were conducted starting from 11.30 am on Monday and the final confirmation was given on Tuesday morning. As soon as the final confirmation was made, she was administered required treatment as per protocol and her family members advised to remain self-quarantine. Later, 15 family members of the patient were taken to the quarantine facility at UNACCO School at Meitram by officials of state health directorate in ambulances. Police also enforced complete lockdown in Thangmeiband area in the vicinity of the patient’s house restricting entry and exit of any person. Police also used PA system to inform the local people to remain indoors and precautionary measures to be taken up against COVID-19. On the other hand, DC Imphal East Dr Rangitabali Waikhom, in an order, informed that a 24/7 control room on COVID-19 for Imphal East has been opened in the DC office. Any residents of the district in need of emergency support can contact the control room on mobile number 7630076391 or 7630076564, the order added. 

According to a statement issued by K Rajo Singh, the Director of Manipur's Health and Family Welfare Department, the woman is now undergoing treatment at the JNIMS in Imphal. "The woman was found infected during examination at the JNIMS. She is a resident of Thangmeiband in Imphal west district. She had fallen sick on Monday," another official of Health and Family Welfare Department said on condition of anonymity. The Manipur government has a list of 99 people who arrived in the state in recent times from coronavirus-affected countries and are now in house quarantine. Two doctors of JNIMS, L Shivadutta Singh, Research Scientist and Rajkumar Manojkumar Singh, Associate Professor and Principal Investigator, both of Department of Microbiology, issued the positive nCoV confirmation certificate at 6.40 a.m. on Tuesday.  The health official said that tracing of the person's movements and contacts of the nCoV carrying woman are being identified.According to health and police officials in Manipur, the woman, who returned from London and arrived in Delhi and then in Kolkata on March 19, did not reveal her travel history earlier before she was detected positive with the novel coronavirus. The officials said that on the same day (March 19) the younger brother of the woman had arrived in Kolkata from Atlanta. Both stayed in a hotel in Kolkata and arrived in Manipur capital Imphal on March 21 by a private airliner via Agartala airport (Tripura). A media report also said that the woman and her brother returned to Imphal via Guwahati airport. The police have cordoned off the house of the woman, whose father is a professor in Manipur.Officials of Airports Authority of India in Agartala and the private airliner are collecting details of the passengers who travelled in the same flight with the nCoV infected woman. All the seven states of northeast have declared lockdown fearing the spread of novel coronavirus from migrants, who are returning back to home from affected countries and other states of India.


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