Four RIMS nurses, PWD SO test positive; relief for CCR staffers

IMPHAL, 27th Jul: Four nurses of RIMS hospital, a section officer of Public Works Department main office (Khoyathong) and three persons who have contact history with previous cases in Thoubal district, were tested positive for Covid-19 on Monday.
One of the four nurses of RIMS is from Thangmeiband (Mujikhul) area in Imphal West district while the other three are from Laipham Khunou, Porompat and Khurai in Imphal East district. Their test results turned positive during contact tracing and testing process taken up in RIMS hospital after some of its staff tested positive in the past few days. With the four cases, RIMS now has 13 cases of Covid-19 among its staff, as per record maintained by The People’s Chronicle.
A section officer of state PWD office, who is a resident of Lilong also tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday. Consequently, PWD chief engineer has recommended names of 23 staffers of the office, who are primary contacts of the SO, for testing.
As per statement released by CCR, 51 persons (34 male & 17 female) were confirmed as new cases of Covid-19 at the VRDLs of RIMS (10), JNIMS (22), and Thoubal (19) in the past 24 hours. They belong to the districts of Imphal West (7), Churacandpur (2), Imphal East (9), Thoubal (19) and Kangpokpi (14). Except for 18 cases from Thoubal, four from Imphal East, and one each from Churachandpur and Imphal East, all are returnees from other states.
At the same time, 38 persons were also discharged from JNIMS (8), CCCs of Meitram (15), Ukhrul (2), Senapati (3), Thoubal (3), Kamjong (3) and RD Wing (4) after their test results returned negative on RT PCR test. No district-specific information of the newly discharged cases has been provided by the authority.
The cumulative number of positive cases has reached 2286 while numbers of active and recovered cases are 727 and 1559 respectively. Recovery rate is at 68.19 per cent. The statement also informed that the positive case from the Covid-19 Common Control Room (CCR) set up at the CM’s secretariat, has a history of contact with a positive case during a visit to Senapati district hospital. His sample was retested through RT-PCR on Monday and was found negative. The statement however did not provided information if he has been discharged or not.
More than 220 people from the CM’s secretariat including security staff, officials and other staff posted at CCR have been tested and found to be negative, the statement added.
On the other hand, three cases of local transmission was detected at the TrueNat testing centre set up at Thoubal district hospital, as per late report filed by our Thoubal correspondent. The district hospital took up contact tracing and testing of primary contacts of three of its doctors and a ward attendant, who were tested positive on Sunday. During the process, samples of 166 persons were tested while 27 people failed to turn up for testing. Out of those examined, three were found positive of Covid-19. At the same time, 10 Covid patients, who were undergoing treatment at the district Covid Care Centre and district hospital isolation ward, were found negative and they are likely to be discharged soon.
In Churachandpur district, eight BSF personnel of the 113 battalion post were tested positive on Monday during Rapid Antigen Test conducted by camp doctors. With the eight new cases, number of personnel infected by the virus in the battalion post has increased to 23 till date.
There are reports that the staff of a private diagnostic lab, who is a resident of Bishnupur district, had contact history with a BSF jawan, who was tested positive of Covid-19 earlier. In the chain of infection, a pharmacy runner was found to be positive on Sunday.
Enraged by the report, many in the district strongly denounced alleged recklessness by personnel of the BSF battalion. Reacting to a viral social media post, several people of the district lambasted the BSF while some went to the extent of demanding an apology from the BSF to the public for causing a community infection-like situation in the district.
In Kakching district, there are 60 persons in different quarantine centres. So far, 2971 samples have been sent for testing of which results of 41 are awaited. Samples for 14 persons are yet to be sent for testing and the district had carried out 16 Rapid Antigen Tests, our Kakching correspondent quoted district surveillance officer Dr Kiran Elangbam as saying.
So far, the state has recorded 219 cases of local transmission of which 29 are among healthcare workers and related officials. Thoubal district has the highest number of local transmission cases with 135 out of 221 total confirmed cases being locally transmitted cases. In Jiribam, 56 out of 107 cases are instances of local transmission. Imphal West has 13 such cases while Imphal East and Bishnupur have five each. Churachandpur has four and Ukhrul has one case of local transmission. At least 9.58 per cent of the total cases are locally transmitted cases. The figure is based on data maintained by The People’s Chronicle and it may differ from the actual figure as the government does not disclose these data. Fortunately, the state has no fatality report till date.

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