Trend points to community spread, 19 pc cases local

IMPHAL, 4th Aug: With 19 per cent of total cases being locally transmitted ones, some of which have unknown sources of infection, the trend of Covid-19 pandemic in the state is heading towards community transmission. However, the authority has ruled out community spread while asking the public to be cautious in the coming days to contain the spread.
Imphal West and Thoubal districts have become the worst affected districts both in terms of total confirmed cases and locally transmitted cases. In terms of total confirmed cases, Imphal West has 471 and is in the first place. Of the 471 cases, around 32 per cent are locally transmitted cases. Thoubal district has 321 total confirmed cases of which more than 50 per cent are locally transmitted cases. Jiribam was the first district to emerge as a hotspot but the situation has been brought under control. Imphal East is also heading towards a major crisis as new cases without any travel history have been detected in different parts of the district.
On Tuesday, four personnel of Thoubal district police including an ASI of Lilong police station were also found positive for Covid-19. The ASI is a resident of Kiyam Siphai, Thoubal district and he undertook test at Babina Diagnostic Centre.
The three other personnel included a traffic police constable, a woman constable in reserve line and a VDF jawan posted at Heirok VDF post. The traffic constable is a resident of Kiyam Siphai and posted for duty at Thoubal Keithel. The woman constable is from Thoubal Bazar area while the VDF is from Heirok. Contact tracing measures have been initiated as per protocol.
Thoubal district also reported 12 new cases of which two from Lilong and one from Moijing are returnees while the rest do not have travel history. The three are from Khangabok, Yairipok, Lilong, Thoubal Awang and Pakhangkhong areas.
Nearly half dozen new cases have also been reported from different parts of Imphal West district including Irong, Khagempali and Singjamei areas. Four personnel of CRPF Langjing were also found positive of Covid-19. At the same time, 14 personnel of 16 Assam Rifles posted at Keithelmanbi have been found positive on Tuesday, according to a reliable source.
On the other hand, statement issued by Covid-19 Common Control Room informed that 98 persons - 64 (39 male & 25 female) from general population and 34 persons from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) – were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases at the VRDL of RIMS (41) and JNIMS (46), SDH Jiribam (1) and Imphal West RAT (10). The civil cases belong to the districts of Imphal West (25), Thoubal (23), Kakching (2), Chandel (5), Tamenglong (1) and Imphal East (8). The lone case from Tamenglong district is a returnee from other state. All the 63 are locals without any significant travel history.
Though the statement informed that the 63 persons do not have significant travel history, it did not specified if their source of infection has been traced or not. All necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place. There is no report of death due to Covid 19 from any part of the state on Tuesday.
In the past 24 hours, 48 patients were discharged from JNIMS (4), CCCS of Meitram (8), Senapati (4), Tamenglong (3), RD Wing (12) and Jiribam AR (17) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. The statement does not provide district specific information for the newly discharged cases. Cumulative number of positive cases has reached 3018 while numbers of active and recovered cases are 1197 and 1814 respectively. The cumulative number of death is seven. Recovery rate has further reduced to 60.10 per cent.
Meanwhile, status update shared by IDSP informed that the state has so far conducted 90,901 tests including 1498 in the past 24 hours. It also informed that 630 truckers and 272 commuters including 218 flight passengers were screened for Covid symptoms at different entry points into the state in the past 24 hours.
As per analysis by The People’s Chronicle based on the data provided by CCR and IDSP, the rate of infection in the state has reached 973 confirmed cases per million population against national average of 1427 and the test rate has reached 29,295 tests per million population against the national average of 15,119. Though the state had a better recovery rate as compared to the national average for some days but it has climbed down below the national average of 66.31 per cent on Tuesday.
On the bright side, death rate is low at 0.23 per cent against the national average of 2.10 per cent.

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