State sees record spike of 249 cases as death toll reaches 10
New cases detected in IW, RIMS; 20 per cent of total cases without travel history
IMPHAL, 7th Aug: In the highest ever single day spike in the state, 249 fresh cases of Covid-19 were detected and two deaths were reported in the past 24 hours, taking the tally to 3466 and fatality toll to 10.
Meanwhile, RIMS hospital and Thangmeiband in Imphal West district continue to face the wrath of the pandemic with detection of new cases among the people without any travel history.
Of the two fatalities, one is a 28 years old man named K Angdam of Tarao Laimanai village in Chandel district. The district now has three Covid deaths. Angdam died at about 1.30 pm on Thursday. According to the medical superintendent, the man was admitted to the district hospital on August 5 afternoon with complaints of difficulty in breathing.
Explaining that they detected false negative case in Rapid Antigen Test (RAT), the MS informed that they first conducted RAT and the result came negative. Feeling suspicious of the symptoms, they sent his sample for RT PCR confirmatory test on Thursday while shifting him to Covid suspect room, and his result came positive on Friday. Unfortunately, he died on Thursday itself. He recently visited Khuninglung village, where a positive case was detected on August 4. The body is still lying in the hospital and will be taken to his native place on Saturday morning for his last rites, the MS added.
Mention may be made here that this daily has stressed the need for confirmatory RT PCR tests for negative RAT results of suspected persons as per ICMR guidelines. Consequently, the state health department made the confirmatory test mandatory but replaced the term ‘suspected’ with ‘symptomatic’ persons.
The other victim was a 76-year old man from Leimakhong village, who had earlier tested positive for Covid-19. He died at JNIMS Hospital on Friday around 3 pm.
According to reports, the patient had been referred to JNIMS by CMO Kangpokpi. It is informed that patient was also suffering from diabetes, hypertension and respiratory distress. He reportedly passed away while being admitted to JNIMS Covid Care Facility after testing positive for the virus.
Meanwhile, a statement of the Covid-19 common control room informed that 249 new Covid-19 positive cases which include 84 people (57 male & 27 female) from the general population and 165 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were confirmed in the past 24 hours at the VRDLs of RIMS (56), JNIMS (143), Imphal West RAT (11), DH Jiribam (21), Babina Diagnostics (3), DH Tamenglong (1), DH Kakching (2), DH Ukhrul (10), DH Kangpokpi (1), and STDC/IRL (1). They are from Imphal West (14) Thoubal (37), Kakching (10), Tamenglong (12), Chandel (3), Bishnupur (6), Imphal East (1) and Kangpokpi (1).
Out of them 21 are imported cases who returned from other states (Tamenglong-7, Kakching-8, Bishnupur-6) and the rest 63 are locally transmitted cases without any significant travel history, the statement said. In the past 24 hours, 21 persons were discharged from RIMS (6), CCCS of Meitram (10), Kakching (4) and Kamjong (1) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test.
The cumulative number of positive cases has reached 3466 (general population - 2765 and CAPF personnel 701). Number of discharged cases is 1926 (general population - 1834 and CAPF personnel - 93) while number of active cases is 1530 (general population - 829 and CAPF personnel - 608). The statement also reported the two deaths and said that both had co-morbid health conditions. The cumulative number of death is 10.
Till date, 694 people have been confirmed as locally transmitted cases, which is 20 per cent of the total confirmed cases. However, the statement did not provide district specific information. But data compiled by The People’s Chronicle shows rate of locally transmitted cases in different districts as 62 per cent in Thoubal, 43 per cent in Jiribam, 38 per cent in Imphal West, and 25 per cent in Imphal East while the rest districts have below 20 per cent of local spread cases.
In the past few days, the number of locally transmitted cases is increasing steadily, the statement said while urging the public to wear face masks properly, maintain physical distance and avoid all non-essential travels to check the spread of Covid-19. Anybody having any problem or difficulty in assessing services in hospitals may contact 24x7 helpline number (toll free) 1800-103-2015, it added.
On the other hand, 11 new cases including a seven years old girl, a 14 years old boy and another 17 years old girl were detected in Imphal West district on Friday late evening. At least eight of them are locally transmitted cases and they are from Thangmeiband Khomdram Selungba Leikai. Nine new cases in RIMS hospital including a doctor were also found positive on Friday. Details of the remaining eight are not known but a source said that some of them are staff and some patients.
On the other hand, Kakching district reported two new cases and both are returnees, who are staying in quarantine centres. According to DSO Kakching Dr Kiran Elangbam, 51 people are staying in two different quarantine centres in the district and 21 active cases are undergoing treatment at the CCC set up at Padma Ratna English School.
A 10-years old girl from Thoubal district has also been found positive for Covid-19 on Friday. Besides, 14 personnel of Leishangthem police outposts including four CDO personnel were found positive of Covid-19 during RT PCR test results received on Thursday. Two personnel of Lilong PS were also found positive during Rapid Antigen Test conducted at Thoubal district hospital on Thursday. Noney district reported seven new cases. Another source also said that a police constable who is part of the escort team of City PS OC was found positive on Thursday.