Seven new cases detected, tally rises to 311

IMPHAL, 10th Jun: Seven new cases of Covid-19 positive were detected in the last 24 hour as the state’s total confirmed cases reached 311, including 248 active cases. In all, 63 patients have also been discharged so far.
As per press releases issued by the Covid-19 Common Control Room five positive cases were detected at JNIMS VRDL at 11.45 pm Tuesday. All of them are from Imphal East district. The two other cases, both women, were detected at JNIMS VRDL on Wednesday and are from Pherzawl district. However, travel history of the seven persons was not disclosed by the authority.
Health conditions of all the seven persons are stable and they have been admitted at Covid Care facility at JNIMS. Containment of the quarantine centres where they were staying and contact tracing processes have begun, the releases informed.
It also informed that 19,854 tests have been conducted till date and the test rate for the state is 6966 test per million population. Rate of positive results is 1.56 per cent.
On the other hand, status report released by IDSP stated that 1144 tests were conducted from Tuesday 6.30 pm to Wednesday 6.30 pm, which include 868 in RIMS and 276 in JNIMS VRDLs. Right now, 87 patients are undergoing treatment at RIMS, 127 at JNIMS and 34 at District Hospital Bishnupur.
Though the statements issued by Common Control Room (CCR) did not mentioned reports of patients being discharged from any of the hospital but the status update shared by IDSP mentioned about two discharged from RIMS on Wednesday. Besides, number of total tests conducted till date has been put at 19,854 in the statement released by CCR at 11 am while the IDSP statement released at 6.30 pm gives the figure as 19,756 only.
Subsequent to declaration of the general ward of District Hospital Bishnupur as Covid-19 isolation ward, DC Bishnupur has declared the entire campus of district hospital as containment zone.
An order issued in this regard stated that the schedule area for the containment zone will be forest range office in the East; house of Laishram Yaima and Laishram Sita in the West; a stream in the North; and house of Amakcham Lokendro and Old Cachar Road in the South. On the other-hand, L Sunil, the sanitation worker of Bishnupur Municipal Council (BMC), who became subject of a rumour of contracting Covid-19 recently, was tested negative on Wednesday.
Informing this to media during a press meet here on Wednesday, BMC chairman L Maniyaima said Sunil was kept at Nambol Leiren Girls High School quarantine centre after he developed flu-like symptom. He showed the test certificate issued by CMO Bishnupur Dr L Gojendro and district surveillance officer Bishnupur Dr L Ravichandra, and said that there is no need to panic.
BMC vice-chairman Th Sudhamani and other councillors were also present at the press meet.
Mention may be made that a 53-year old man from Nongada Awang Leikai and presently staying at Khurai Lairikyengbam Leikai was arrested by Bishnupur police for spreading rumour claiming that the sanitation work has been tested positive and thereby creating panic among the local people.
In another development, Manipur University has declared that its faculty members and research scholars who are being utilised in RIMS and JNIMS to help tackle the COVID-19 outbreak, will soon be receiving remuneration and short term insurance.
On June 9, MU Department of Biotechnology Head Prof Lisam Shanjukumar Singh wrote to the VC requesting that Rs 2000 per day and a short-term health insurance be provided to the faculty members and scholars who have been utilised for COVID-19 duty especially in conducting test of swab samples, as was earlier discussed in a joint meeting with the Dean and HODs on May 29. He requested that the remuneration be paid from the day of joining the duty till its end.
Informing that the utilised faculty members and research scholars are working seven days a week from 7 am to 8pm to test viral samples for COVID-19, while placing huge risks to their own lives; the letter contended that they are facing a high risk of contracting the virus with the rising number of positive cases. Nonetheless, they have been continuing to perform their duties without even returning to their respective homes.
In response to Prof Shanjukar's letter, the MU registrar gave its approval to pay Rs 2000 per day and a short term insurance to the utilised faculty members and research scholars.

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