3 new cases confirmed; mother-son test negative, discharged

IMPHAL, 23rd May: Three persons have been confirmed positive for Covid-19 even as Mumbai-returned mother-son duo from Moreh tested negative for COVID-19 on Saturday and have been discharged from Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS).
The three new Covid-19 patients included a 26-year old youth from Mayang Imphal Uchiwa, who had returned to the state from Chennai via Jiribam on May 13.
According to a statement released by state Health Department additional director and spokesperson Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar, health status of the 26-year old was confirmed on Friday night at VDRL, RIMS. He had left Chennai on May 10 via a special train and arrived at Jiribam on May 13.
After he exhibited weakness and a mild cough, his sample was collected on May 19 and tested, the result of which came back positive. He is now admitted in the Covid Care Facility, RIMS and necessary control measures like contact tracing have been taken up.
After his arrival to the state, the youth was put in a community quarantine centre in Mayang Imphal. The other inmates in the quarantine centre were all tested on Friday evening and the entire test reports have came back negative. In all, 112 samples were tested at VDRL, RIMS, it added.
On the other hand, two more COVID-19 positive cases were detected at RIMS on Saturday evening.
In an additional statement, Dr Sasheekumar informed that the two male patients (aged 19 and 26) belong to Thoubal district and had returned from Delhi in different buses.
Both of them had been quarantined at Sangaiyumpham and GNM School, Thoubal District Hospital. The district authority is well prepared to cope with any eventuality.
Meanwhile, the Mumbai returned mother-son duo from Moreh, Tengnoupal District who had earlier tested positive for COVID-19, were discharged from Covid Care Facility, RIMS on Saturday around 5 pm after testing negative for the virus.
They were taken to their home in Moreh in an ambulance of the health department and were advised to follow further home quarantine or community quarantine in accordance with the guidelines.
According to our Moreh correspondent, people of Moreh ward no 6 Tali Road accorded warm welcome to the mother-son duo upon reaching their home.
Meetei Council Moreh president M Thoiba expressed gratitude to doctors, nurses and support staff of RIMS hospital for their commitment in fighting the pandemic.
Presently, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has increased to 29, while the active number of cases is 25. The number of recovered cases has increased to 4 and the current recovery rate is 13.79 percent, the statement conveyed.

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