Recovery rate improves as tally climbs to 1325
IMPHAL, 4th Jul: Despite suffering a setback of sort in curbing spread of Covid-19 when large-scale infections were detected in some specific locations, the aggressive containing measures initiated by the authority is bearing fruits as the number of recovered cases exceeded number of active cases with a total of 667 patients recovering while 658 active cases remain as of Saturday evening.
However, Manipur still ranks second among northeast states in terms of active cases. Assam has the highest number of active cases at 3455 while Nagaland is in the third place with 334 active cases.
Meanwhile, chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, who is also chairman of the state executive committee of State Disaster Management Authority, has notified complete lockdown of the entire Jiribam district following the sudden spurt in number of Covid-19 cases in the district during the last 48 hours.
The complete lockdown will remain until further order or till July 15 whichever is earlier. There shall be complete curfew in the entire district during the said period. Movement of only personnel of essential services permitted by the DC shall be allowed. At the same time, inter-state goods carrying vehicles will be allowed to pass the Jiribam gate. Passengers coming in vehicles at Jiribam gate after Sunday midnight will not be allowed to pass but put in institutional quarantine centres at Jiribam.
With nine fresh cases (six male and three female) detected in the last 24 hours, the total confirmed cases have reached 1325. As per statements released by CCR and IDSP, six of the nine fresh cases are from Senapati district, two from Imphal East and one from Bishnupur district.
At the same time, 28 persons were also discharged in the last 24 hours which include 16 from CCC Meitram, eight from CCC Senapati and four from Thoubal district hospital isolation ward. With 667 cases discharged till date, the recovery rate is at 50.33 per cent.
Meanwhile, status update shared by IDSP informed that 7,521 persons are being quarantined at present which include 34 under home quarantine, 1771 in institutional facilities, 5248 in community centres, and 468 in paid centres. So far, 47,274 persons have completed quarantine period. In the last 24 hours, 652 truckers and 602 commuters including 405 flight passengers were screened for Covid symptoms. The state has till date conducted 54,483 tests including 875 tests conducted in the last 24 hours.
Covid Care Centre (CCC) at UNACCO Meitram has the highest number of Covid patient with 280 undergoing treatment. Other patients are undergoing treatment at RIMS (13), JNIMS (113), District Hospital (DH) Bishnupur (6), TK Woodland Resort Ukhrul (51), DH Ukhrul (12), CCC Tamenglong (71), CCC Churachandpur (7), CCC Senapati (38), CCC Kakching (9), DH Thoubal (12), MTC Kangpokpi (2), CCC Kasom Khullen (1), CCC Kamjong (1), and district quarantine centres (42).
As a part of the initiatives to check further spread of the disease in Jiribam, the district administration has identified 17 areas as containment zones under the Para 12 of the Manipur Epidemic Disease COVID-19 Regulation and an order in this regard has been issued by DC Jiribam W Manglemba Chenglei.
The areas where movement and other activities would be restricted are RK Sanatombi Devi Vidyalaya, foreigner check post, Patchao Chingdong Leikai, Kalinagar Ward No 1 LP school, Gularthol bazar, Lakhipur Ward No 9, Sorok Atingbi Khunou, Kunjababu, Vidyanagar, Dibong Khunou, Dibong Khunou Ward No 8, Babupara Ward No 5, Dibong Makha Leikai, Congress Bhawan Babupara Ward No 4 and Uchathol.
The order said that any individual, institution or organisation found violating the restriction may face penalty under IPC Section 188 and Section 51 of Disaster Management Act, 2005.
Meanwhile, doctors of Jiribam district hospital collected swab samples from 170 individuals and started testing for COVID-19 while all the positive patients including police personnel have been brought to Imphal on two buses for treatment.
On the other hand, CMO Jiribam informed that contact tracing and collection of samples from family members of positive persons are yet to begin but would take up soon in consultation with district administration. The CMO also informed that 27 out of 28 fresh cases detected Friday were police personnel while two were civilians. The district has so far detected 34 positive cases and active cases stand at 31 after three patients have recovered and discharged.