Delhi-returnee tests positive, 24 active cases in state

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 22nd May: A 22-year old youth, who had recently returned from Delhi to Imphal has tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, taking the number of active cases in the state to 24.
According to a statement of health department additional director and spokesperson Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, the youth is from Thamnapokpi in Bishnupur district and had been stuck in Delhi due to the lockdown. He returned to the state on May 18 via bus and had been quarantined at UNACCO School, Meitram. On Thursday evening, the youth fell sick and was tested at VRDL, RIMS, wherein he was found to be COVID-19 positive.
The statement further informed that the youth has been admitted in the Covid Care facility at RIMS and all necessary steps like containment and contact tracing have been taken up.
The number of positive cases in the state has increased in the last few days. However, the increase is occurring only in the group of stranded people. As such, the public need not panic but should be prepared by adopting social distancing, hand hygiene using soap or sanitiser and wearing of facemask, the statement conveyed.
In another statement, Dr Sasheekumar informed that a total of 364 samples were tested for COVID-19 as of 6pm Friday and 144 samples were tested at VRDL RIMS and the rest (220) at JNIMS and all the results returned negative.
The statement also said that all the 24 active cases of the state are undergoing treatment at COVID-19 care facilities of RIMS and JNIMS. Among them five are at RIMS and 19 at JNIMS and all of them are stable as of Friday evening.
Meanwhile, a total of 8745 students and others who returned from different states of country are staying at institutional and community quarantine centres opened across the state to contain COVID-19 pandemic.
Sharing the information to media houses Friday, IDSP Manipur state surveillance officer Dr L Tomcha Khuman said altogether 1614 returnees are staying at institutional quarantine centres and another 7131 returnees at community quarantine centres as of Friday.
A total of 381 truck drivers and their assistants were screened Friday and 58 of them were screened at Mao and 245 at Jiribam gate, where 10 passengers were also screened, Dr Tomcha said adding that 588 drivers and assistants were screened at ISBT Khuman Lampak. Altogether 51 tanker drivers and 24 bullet drivers were also screened Friday at Khuman Lampak and Sekmai LPG bottling plant respectively, he added.
Dr Tomcha also informed that a total of 129 samples were tested at VRDL laboratory RIMS Friday and another 220 samples at JNIMS but all the samples returned negative. COVID-19 control room also received a total of 360 calls Friday, Dr Tomcha added. In Kakching district, a total of 527 returnees are being kept at 11 Quarantine Centres (QCs) set up at Padma Ratna English School, JNV Sandumba Achouba Umathel, Grace Cottage Academy, Victory High School, Madrassa Imdabu Islam (Khelakhong), Kakching Wairi High School (SC/ST Hostel), Madrassa Majahirul Uloom (Irong Cheshaba), Langmeidong Higher Secondary School, Sugnu Guest House, Madrassa Hussainia Arabia (Sora) and Multipurpose English School (Sora Chingwangma).
Out of the 527 persons, 57 reached the QCs late night on May 21 and morning Friday. Moreover, 54 persons whose swab samples were sent for testing have come out Covid-19 negative and have been sent to their respective homes for home quarantine.
According to district surveillance officer Kakching Dr Kiran Elangbam reports have not come for 55 test samples sent on May 21 and of 64 samples which were sent on Friday.


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