Imphal West district emerging as new virus hotspot
IMPHAL, 2nd Aug: With number of Covid-19 positive cases increasing sharply in the last few days, Imphal West district is emerging as a new hotspot after Thoubal and Jiribam districts.
Meanwhile, the healthcare sector, state security force and CAPF including CISF continue to face the heat of Covid-19 with more and more personnel getting infected by the virus. Five cases with unknown contact history were also detected among 75 new cases as reported by the common control room on Sunday.
At least 28 new cases from the 1st Bn MR campus including an 11 years old girl were detected on Sunday. Of them, 16 are personnel of 1st MR and their family members while 12 are personnel of 8th MR and their family members. One police constable at City police station, driver of a DI mini truck of the PS, was also found positive on Sunday. The constable is a resident of Kakwa Makha Nameirakpam Leikai. His sample was collected on July 27 and the result came on Sunday. A VDF jawan posted at Leishangthem police outpost also tested positive on Saturday night.
At the same time, seven police personnel – three sub-inspectors including a lady SI, one constable, one constable recruit, and two VDF personnel posted at Mayang Imphal PS were found positive for Covid-19 during contact tracing and testing operation carried out on Monday after its OC & his runner were found positive a few days ago. Two more civilians were also found positive in the operation, during which samples of 90 police personnel and 47 civilians were collected for testing.
Eight CISF personnel were also found positive on Sunday. Five of the cases are personnel who recently returned from leave and were in quarantine at IIT Mantripukhri while three are maintenance staff of the quarantine centre designated for CISF personnel in the Imphal Airport.
More than 20 locally transmitted cases including three underage children in the age group of 6 to 14 years were also detected in Imphal West district in the late evening at RIMS VRDL. Maximum of the cases are from Kakwa and Khongnang Pheidekpi areas while the rest are from Uripok Sinam Leikai, Lalambung Makhong, Sangaiprou, Singjamei, and Uchiwa. There are also reports of some healthcare workers including doctors getting infected by the virus but no specific details were received at the time of filing this report. However, increasing number of residential pockets under Keishamthong, Yaiskul, Konthoujam, Keishamthong, Thangmeiband and Langthabal assembly constituencies declared as containment zones suggest that the pandemic situation in Imphal West district has been worsening. As per report filed by our correspondent, 10 new cases were also detected in Thoubal district on late Sunday. Nine out of the 10 cases have contact history with previously detected cases while the one case from Lilong is of a returnee who is staying in the quarantine centre located at ITI Lilong. Of the nine, a 60 years old woman from Waithou is said to be a roadside vendor at Waithou Keithel.
Her 14 years old grandson was also found positive along with her. The others are from Wangjing, Tentha, Charangpat, Thoubal Ningombam and Lilong.
In Kakching district, 46 samples were examined through the Rapid Antigen Test on Sunday and all results came negative.
Two cases were also detected in Ukhrul district and two in Kamjong district. According to source, the two from Ukhrul district are returnees from other states and are staying at the quarantine centre located at Paorei village. The two from Kamjong are police personnel without any travel history.
On the other hand, a statement of Common Control Room informed that 61 persons (25M, 36F) from general population and 14 persons from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases at the VRDLS of RIMS (47), JNIMS (9), and Babina Diagnostic Centre (5). They belong to the districts of Imphal West (42), Thoubal (9), Kangpokpi (5), Senapati (3), Churachandpur (1) and Chandel (1). Except for 9 from Thoubal, 1 from Senapati, 1 from Kangpokpi and 37 from Imphal West, others do not have significant travel history. Five cases from Imphal West are under investigation, the statement added.
In the past 24 hours, 38 persons were discharged from RIMS (1), JNIMS (2), CCCS of Meitram (18), Thoubal (3), Kakching (4), Moreh (2) and RD Wing (8) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. However, no district specific information has been furnished by the authority.
The cumulative number of positive cases is 2831 while numbers of active and recovered cases are 1087 and 1737 respectively. The recovery rate has been reduced to 61.07 per cent.
Rate of infection has increased to 912.3 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 1349 and fatality rate also rose to 0.24 per cent.
On Sunday, a 20-year old female expired of Covid-19 taking the death toll of Covid-19 to 7. The victim was a native of Chandel district and staying temporarily in Imphal East district.
According to the Covid-19 Common Control Room, the victim expired due to co-morbid health conditions and Covid-19. She is granddaughter of the 6th victim of Covid-19.
Statement issued by the CMO Imphal East stated that the victim has been suffering from quadriplegia with neurologic origin (unable to move all four limbs – two arms & two legs) since 10 years. She died of multiple organ failure with cardio respiratory arrest.