Mother-daughter duo test positive; 7 active cases in state
IMPHAL,19th May: A woman and her daughter, who recently returned from Delhi, have tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday, taking the total number of active coronavirus cases in the state to 7.
According to a statement released by state Health Department additional director and spokesperson Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, both the mother (64) and the daughter (23) tested positive for COVID-19 at VDRL, RIMS. The daughter had taken her mother to Delhi for an eye surgery at AIIMS in February and they were staying in a rented accommodation in the Kotla Mubarakpur area of the national capital.
On May 14, they boarded a bus at Safdarjung around 2 pm and left Delhi. They first reported at Mao gate on May 16 around 11.30 am and again at IIIT government quarantine centre at Mantripukhri around 4.30 pm the same day, wherein they had been quarantined.
Their samples for testing were collected on May 17 and the test result received on Monday.
After their COVID-19 test results came back positive, they were immediately shifted to the COVID care Facility in RIMS, wherein they are currently undergoing treatment.
Both mother and daughter hail from Khongjal village, Phungyar in Kamjong district and are presently asymptomatic. Contact tracing of other 20 co-passengers have been initiated, while IDPS Delhi has been notified to identify the drivers and assistant of the bus and take up requisite action.
With the confirmation of two new cases, the number of active cases has risen to 7, while two earlier positive cases have already recovered, the report added.
Mention may be made here that after remaining COVID-free for over three weeks since the recovery of the first two patients, the state recorded positives cases from amongst the people returning to the state. The third positive case in the state was confirmed to be a Mumbai-returnee from Khurai Heikru Makhong, followed by a nurse from Kamjong district working at a Kolkata hospital, a Mumbai-returned mother-daughter duo from Moreh and a nurse from Churachandpur district working in Chennai.
Considering the large number of stranded people returning to the state from different parts of the country, the state health department has expanded the COVID-19 testing to cover all the returnees.
Principal secretary (H&FW) V Vumlunmang in an order stated that all returnees are screened by medical teams at entry points to the state. Thereafter, they are screened again by medical teams at district screening centres before sending for quarantine. As part of the initiative to expand testing, sample collection teams have been established in various districts.
DCs are advised to arrange sample collection by proper utilisation of the teams deployed in their respective districts in coordination with CMOs. A schedule to systematically collect from all returning persons should be prepared daily and all persons with negative test results should be discharged for home quarantine, the order stated. However, any symptomatic or high risk person identified from time to time should be given top priority in testing and should be kept in isolation immediately by CMOs concerned.
The order also appointed state nodal officers for COVID-19 testing along with district wise allocation of VRDL lab. Deputy director Dr Meena Seram has been appointed as nodal officer for Imphal East, Churachandpur, Pherzawl, Senapati, Kangpokpi, Bishnupur, Chandel and Tengnoupal districts. Samples of these districts will be sent to JNIMS.
Deputy director Dr N Somorjit has been appointed as nodal officer for Imphal West, Ukhrul, Kamjong, Jiribam, Tamenglong, Noney, Thoubal and Kakching districts whose samples will be sent to RIMS. DCs of the respective districts should send daily report to the state nodal officers, who will ensure testing of all people in Community Quarantine C