CM rules out community transmission in state

IMPHAL, 3rd Aug: Though there is evidence of local transmission of Covid-19, there has been no community transmission of the disease in the state, asserted chief minister N Biren Singh.
The CM’s statement assumes significance as Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Yumnam Khemchand had on Sunday gave his observation that the state faces the risk of community transmission.
With reference to the reports of increasing number of people without travel history being tested positive for the infectious disease, Khemchand remarked that possibility of the transmission reaching the community level cannot be ruled out during his brief speech at the valedictory programme of the community quarantine centre at Manipur College in Imphal.
Meanwhile, speaking to media persons after inaugurating a 300-bedded Covid Care Centre (CCC) at Manipur Trade and Expo Centre, Lamboi Khongnangkhong in Imphal West district on Monday, CM Biren maintained that awareness among the people is very much needed to contain further spread of the disease.
Lockdown has been imposed to contain the spread but some people in violation of it are roaming around freely, meeting people and congregating and even if they suspect they may be infected they are hiding it which has led to increase in transmissions, he observed.
N Biren appealed to the people to come out openly for early treatment instead of concealing their Covid-19 status if tested positive. And if they have any suspicion they should contact Medical Directorate or Covid Control Room which will help in stopping local transmissions.
The CM said that presently, a total of 300 beds have been installed in the CCC, Lamboi Khongnangkhong and it will be upgraded to a 1000-bedded facility as it has enough space for extension. He appreciated the Health Department and other officials for setting up the Covid Care Centre so that infected people can get timely treatment. He pointed out that presently government has no plan to provide ex-gratia to patients who have succumbed to the disease but ex-gratia will be given to frontline workers who may unfortunately fall prey their to Covid-19.
Extension of the current complete lockdown will be decided in the next cabinet meeting after reviewing the situation in the state, he added.
Deputy chief minister Y Joykumar and health minister L Jayantakumar, chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, principal secretary (Health) V Vumlunmang, director (Health) Dr K Rajo and other officials were present during the function.
N Biren accompanied by health minister Jayantakumar and other officials had assessed progress of work of the Lamboi Khongnangkhong facility on August 1.
Each block of the new centre will have basic essentials, including furniture and separate toilet facilities. The state presently has at least 13 COVID-19 Care Centres. In addition, three others centres are under process at State TB Hospital, Keirao Wangkhem in Imphal East, Model School, Harinagar in Jiribam and Kangpokpi district.

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