Fresh returnees to be separated from resident inmates

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 20th May: The state cabinet has resolved to segregate incoming people, who returned from different parts of the state from the resident inmates in the quarantine centres in order to prevent mixing up of the inmates and control the spread of Covid-19.
The Cabinet also approved to sanction Rs 10 lakh for each assembly constituency from MLA LADS funds for maintenance of the community quarantine centres.
The cabinet in its emergency meeting Wednesday reviewed the status of incoming stranded people and the reported positive cases as well as condition of quarantine centres. So far about 2544 samples have been tested and 25 positive cases were detected with 16 new cases on Wednesday alone. State health department has intensified the sample collection operation in 17 centres and testing capacity has been enhanced from the earlier level of 200 samples to 900 daily. It will be further increased to 1500 per day.
As per the protocol, all people entering the state will be screened at Mao or Jiribam or in the railway station at Jiribam. All passengers coming by train will also be screened before boarding and those people with suspected symptoms will not be allowed to board the train. Upon arrival, if anyone is found having symptoms, he/she will be shifted directly to the hospital. All other people will have to stay out at quarantine centre compulsorily. At quarantine centres all will be tested by RT-PCR test, which is a more accurate test. Positive cases will be sent to hospital and negative ones will be sent for further Home quarantine for a period of 14 days.
So far all the cases are confined to quarantine centres and there is no case detected from among the general public. State government is following strict procedure and more than the prescribed norms to ensure safety of the people.
The state government has made elaborate arrangements for bringing the stranded people from outside. So far six trains have arrived at Jiribam from Chennai (Tamil Nadu), Punjab (including Chandigarh and Himachal Pradesh), Bengaluru (Karnataka), Vadodara (Gujarat), Hyderabad (Telangana) and Vijayawada (Andhra Pradesh). Two more trains are arriving Jiribam on Thursday from Uttarakhand & Uttar Pradesh, and Hyderabad. Another two trains have started from Pune (Maharashtra) and Chennai on Wednesday and they are expected to arrive at Jiribam on Saturday. By Thursday about 6010 people would be returning by train and 5844 people have already reached by road. All of them are kept in different quarantine centers.
The state government also arranged two trains from Delhi which are likely to start on Saturday and Monday. Two trains from Goa (including some people from Madhya Pradesh) and Mumbai (Maharashtra) will start on Saturday. One train from Bengaluru will start on Friday, another from Hyderabad on Saturday, and another from Gujarat & Rajasthan on Sunday, for which final schedule is awaited.
After due deliberation, the cabinet has decided to bring stranded people in phases and in the first phase the trains arranged till Monday will be allowed. The second phase of trains will be planned after completion of testing for all the people stationed in quarantine centres.
The cabinet also resolved to segregate these incoming people from the resident inmates in quarantine centres and not to mix up them to control the spread of Covid-19. The daily incoming people will be kept in separate locations till the testing is completed. Further, all the community quarantine centres will be treated as pooled centres of the district concerned for more effective control.


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