Spike in local cases continues as 117 recover

Infection rate reaches 1210 CPM; 40 pc of active cases among CAPF

IMPHAL, 9th Aug: CISF personnel posted in Imphal Airport, CRPF personnel from different battalions, and civilians from seven different districts are among the new cases of local transmission reported in the state on Sunday as the state recorded healthiest number of recovery of Covid-19 patients.
As many as 117 persons infected with the novel coronavirus were discharged from various Covid -19 care centres in the last 24 hours, the highest number of recovered cases in a single day in the state so far.
The latest recovered cases include 75 persons from the general population and 42 from the central security forces.
As per statement issued by Covid-19 Common Control Room, 118 people including 90 (63 male & 27 female) from the general population and 28 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), were confirmed as new Covid-19 positive cases at the VRDLs of RIMS (18), JNIMS (78), Babina Diagnostic (2), Imphal West RAT (1), DH Jiribam (1), DH Ukhrul (50, Raj Medicity TruNat (1), Imphal East RAT (1), Thoubal RAT (9), Shija Hospitals (1), and DH Tamenglong (1).
Of the 90 people from among the general population, 19 are returnees and they are from Imphal East (2), Kangpokpi (11), Senapati (3), Churachandpur (1), Imphal West (1) and Jiribam (1). The remaining 71 are locally transmitted cases without any significant travel history. They are from Imphal West (9), Thoubal (13), Ukhrul (1), Senapati (2), Chandel (9), Churachandpur (11), and Imphal East (26). They are being shifted to Covid Care facilities and all necessary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, the statement said.
In Senapati district, 10 positive cases have been detected among frontline workers including medical personnel and police.
Out of the 117 patients discharged, the CRPF alone accounted for 42, while two each have been discharged from RIMS and JNIMS, CCCS of Meitram (33), Senapati (3), NIELIT Churachandpur (8), Thoubal (23) and RD Wing (4).
They were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. However, the statement does not provide any district specific details of the freshly discharged cases.
The cumulative number of positive cases is 3753 (general population – 2930 and CAPF – 823). Cumulative number of recovered cases is 2044 (general population – 1909 and CAPF – 135) while number of active cases is 1698 (general population – 1010 and CAPF – 688). CAPF personnel constitute 21.92 per cent of the total cases and 40.51 per cent of the active cases.
“The use of chlorine dioxide releasing Plastic Cord Device ‘VIRUS SHUT OUT’ made in foreign countries has increased among the public. Chlorine dioxide in aqueous solution is used in disinfection of drinking water. The virus destroying capacity in the spray form or slowly emitting gas form is not yet established. The state health department does not recommend its use for prevention of Covid-19 pandemic. The public must be wary of use of such unproven devices,” the CCR statement added. Meanwhile, highly placed source said that 12 CISF personnel posted in Imphal Airport have been found positive for Covid-19 at RIMS VRDL in late Sunday evening. They are said to be primary contacts of three previous cases in the CISF facility located inside the Airport campus. The earlier three persons were engaged in catering services for inmates of CISF quarantine centre inside the airport campus.
Mention may be made here that a ministerial staff of Airport Security guard was found positive on Saturday, a couple of days after joining duty after on completion of quarantine period. At least 14 cases of local spread (confined within the CISF personnel) have been confirmed inside the Imphal Airport. Five CRPF personnel, one from CRPF Langjing, two each from Mongsangei and Lamphel post have also reported confirmed as Covid-19 positive. However, no details of the five cases could be established. At the same time, 12 new cases in Imphal West district including a 14 years old boy and a 16 years old girl were confirmed in late evening and they are from Thangmeiband, Keishamthong, Haobam Marak, Mayang Imphal, Laiphrakpam, Phumlou, Kakwa Huidrom Leikai, Nagamapal Kangjabi, Singjamei and Samurou Keithel areas.
Three new cases – two at RIMS and one at district hospital Kakching (RAT) – were also detected in Kakching district. The two at RIMS are returnees and have been staying at different quarantine centres while the positive case detected during RAT is said to be a rifleman of Assam Rifles. The district Covid Care Centre set up at Padma Ratna English School has 21 active cases under treatment.
Thoubal district also reported one new case late evening. The person is a 71-year old man resident of Thoubal Okram. No report has been received if the district hospital carried out RAT on Sunday or not.
Seven new cases were also reported from Kamjong district by late evening. Two of them include a 13-year old boy and a 17-year old girl. However, the source did not provide any details if they are returnees or not. Tamenglong district also reported one new case as per report issued by district chief medical officer. The report said that the district has a total of 240 confirmed cases of which 200 have recovered and 40 are undergoing treatment. Three suspected cases are being kept in the Covid isolation ward in the district.
Noney also reported three positive cases during Rapid Antigen Test (RAT). The district has 35 total confirmed cases and 25 have been recovered, as per report issued by district surveillance officer, Noney Dr Thaimei Gairanlung.
As per status update shared by IDSP, the state has so far conducted 1,01,230 tests including 2411 conducted in the last 24 hours. Based on the data provided by IDSP, the testing rate of the state is 32,623 tests per million population. The rate of infection is 1210 Confirmed Cases per Million (CPM) population against the national average of 1659. The average growth rate of new cases in the last one week is 4.6 per cent.
As per data maintained by The People’s Chronicle, 811 cases have been confirmed as locally transmitted cases, which is 21.6 per cent of the total confirmed cases. Imphal West has highest number of confirmed cases with 598 while Thoubal and Churachandpur are in the second and third places with 420 and 415 total confirmed cases respectively. Over 60 per cent of the total cases in Thoubal district are locally transmitted cases while percentage of similar cases in some other districts are 43 in Jiribam, 37 in Imphal West, 33 in Imphal East, 27 in Bishnupur, and 26 in Chandel district. The district specific figure may vary from the official figure since the state health authority does not disclose such data to the public.

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