JNIMS lady doctor, Jiri girl test positive

IMPHAL, 9th Jul : A lady doctor, who was assigned duty at JNIMS sample collection centre, and a 12-year old girl from Jiribam district have been found positive for Covid-19 on Thursday. The two are among new cases detected in the state in the last 24 hours. Officially, 15 persons have been confirmed to be the Covid-19 vectors while health authorities declined to comment on status of three others, including the lady doctor and two more police personnel posted in Jiribam district. The latter two tested positive during Rapid Antigen Test conducted late Thursday evening.
The official figures include four family members of some police personnel already confirmed Covid-19 positive in Jiribam district.
According to a source, the lady doctor from Kakwa under Singjamei police station is a dermatologist at JNIMS Hospital and she had been performing her duty at the sample collection centre. All the doctors are assigned duties at the centre for seven days each.
Generally, doctors deployed for sample collection duty are kept in isolation for seven days if any of the samples they collected return with positive results. At the end of seven days’ isolation, their samples are tested and sent for seven-day home quarantine if test results come negative.
In case, all the samples they collected return negative, they are sent for home quarantine and their samples collected for testing after seven days.
In the case of the lady doctor in question, whose sample tested positive on Thursday evening, she was sent for home quarantine since all the samples she collected returned negative. Her sample was collected for testing on Thursday after completion of seven days and it came positive for Covid-19.
The report revealed that the sample collection centre at JNIMS is a glass enclosed area where doctors wear PPEs and follow strict safety protocols while collecting the samples. Investigations have started to ascertain how she got infected.
She has been admitted to JNIMS Covid Care Centre for treatment, while contact tracing is underway.
After a dip in the number of infection in the last few days, the state recorded sudden spike in number of Covid-19 cases with the pandemic situation in Jiribam district getting aggravated with each passing day. Apart from the 12-year old girl, four family members of police personnel posted in Jiribam district were among the officially confirmed 15 new cases (five male and 10 female).
The four cases in Jiribam district were detected in the Rapid Antigen test conducted in Jiribam district hospital whereas the others were confirmed at JNIMS (10) and RIMS (1). The 15 new cases included eight from Churachandpur district and each from Bishnupur, Imphal East and Tamenglong district.
Even though chief minister N Biren had stated that the government has no plan for setting up the Covid Care Centre for Jiribam district at the district hospital but it will be at another facility, the four new cases of the district have been admitted to the district hospital for treatment.
Jiribam, which was the least affected district till the end of June, has now 50 total confirmed cases and 47 active cases. Active surveillance and contact tracing activities are being taken up in the district, which has been put under complete lockdown after detection of a large local transmission a few days back.
On the other hand, six people were discharged from CCC Meitram (4), CCC Ukhrul (1) and CCC Kasom Khullen (1) after their test results came back negative. They are from Kakching (1), Kamjong (2), Pherzawl (1), Senapati (1), and Ukhrul (1).
With the fresh cases, the cumulative number of confirmed positive case has reached 1450 while numbers of active and recovered cases are 651 and 799 respectively. The recovery rate shows a slight reduction at 55.1 per cent on Thursday against 55.26 per cent on Wednesday.
The cumulative number of tests conducted so far has reached 59,740 including 901 conducted in the last 24 hours. RIMS conducted 434 tests, JNIMS conducted 276 and DH Jiribam conducted 191 (RAT) tests in the last 24 hours. Currently, 4787 persons are being monitored in different quarantine centres including 34 in home quarantine. In the last 24 hours, 495 truckers and 497 commuters including 435 flight passengers were screened at Mao, Jiribam and Imphal Airport.

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