107 under quarantine, over 200 tests conducted

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 10th May: In all, 1134 people have been quarantined at government-designated quarantine centres in the state till date, a report by State Surveillance Officer IDSP Manipur Dr L Tomcha Khuman informed on Sunday.
According to the report, 468 people were screened at Mao, 199 at Jiribam and 10 at Jessami. On top of this, 600 (truck) drivers and handymen were screened at ISBT.
Moreover, 112 people tested negative for COVID-19 at RIMS, while 109 tested negative at JNIMS on Thursday. COVID-19 Control Room received 342 calls, the report conveyed.
In another development, 1141 natives who were left stranded in Tamil Nadu due to the prolonged lockdown were flagged off from Chennai on Sunday around 8pm in a special train bound for Manipur, with no stops along the way other than its destination, Jiribam. A total of 60 buses were also despatched on Sunday to bring the natives once the train arrives at Jiribam on May 12. Additional buses would be sent on Monday.
In addition, once the special train arrives at Jiribam, a team of Medical Directorate would thoroughly screen the natives before they are brought back to Imphal. They would then be transferred to government-designated quarantine centres to undergo the mandatory 14-day quarantine period, the report added.
According to our Thoubal correspondent, 17 persons who were stranded at different places of Assam and Nagaland, were brought back to Heirok under the initiative of Heirok MLA Dr Th Radheshyam, who is also the Education minister. The returnees have been put at Waikhom Mani Girls’ College Quarantine centre, Thoubal Okram and would be allowed to leave the facility if found to be negative for Coronavirus. Nevertheless, they will remain under home quarantine for the specified number of days.
Receiving the returnees, Dr Radheshyam informed that the 17 people are mostly students studying in Nagaland and Assam and some of them are patients and patients’ parties who went to the two states for medical treatment.
Assuring that all the remaining stranded people of Heirok AC would be brought back to the state, the minister said the government is also trying its best to bring back all stranded Manipuris numbering around 30,000.
Informing that all of them will be kept at quarantine centres for 14 days, the minister asserted that the state government under the leadership of Chief Minister N Biren is trying its best to ease the problems faced by the public during the ongoing lockdown period. He further urged the public to extend support and co-operation to the frontline workers particularly police, doctors and district administration.
So far, a total of 78 people are being kept in Thoubal District hospital Quarantine centre and Waikhom Mani Girls’ College Quarantine centre.


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