Fajur Rahim first MLA to test positive for Covid-19

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 10th Aug: Congress MLA Md Fajur Rahim has become the first MLA of the state to test positive for Covid-19. He was among five people confirmed to be positive for Covid-19 at JNIMS VRDL in the late evening of Monday. His sample was taken on Sunday 6.50 pm.
Apart from him, the other four people in the list are from Nongmeibung & Awang Khunou in Imphal East, Kiyam in Thoubal district and Taphou Nepali in Senapati district.
As per statement released by Covid-19 Common Control Room, 100 people, 57 (37 male & 20 female) from the general population and 43 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases in the state in the past 24 hours. The positive cases were detected at VRDLs of RIMS (38), JNIMS (18), Babina Diagnostic (1), Imphal West RAT (21), DH Kamjong (2), DH Ukhrul (18), Raj Medicity TruNat (1), and DH Kakching (1).
Out of the 57 cases from among the general population, 34 are from Imphal West, nine from Kamjong, six from Imphal East, two each from Churachandpur & Kakching, and one each from Thoubal, Senapati, Kangpokpi & Chandel districts. Of the 57, seven cases, two from Kakching and each from Imphal East, Chandel, Churachandpur, Imphal West, and Senapati are returnees.
In the past 24 hours, 50 locally transmitted cases were reported in the state which included 33 in Imphal West, nine in Kamjong, five in Imphal East, and one each in Thoubal, Kangpokpi and Churachandpur, according to the CCR statement.
It also informed that 78 patients were discharged from RIMS (7), JNIMS (2), CCCS of Meitram (21), Senapati (3), Thoubal (16), Kasom (1), Churachandpur (6), DH Thoubal (3), RD Wing (4) and CRPF (15) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. There is no report of death in the past 24 hours and the cumulative number of death is 11.
The state has 3853 total confirmed cases which include 2977 from the general population and 876 from CAPF. Number of discharged cases is 2122 (general population 1972 and CAPF 150), that of active cases is 1720 (general population - 994 and CAPF - 726). The recovery rate has improved to 55.07 per cent. As per data maintained by The People’s Chronicle, 861 out of the 3853 total confirmed cases are locally transmitted ones or 22.84 per cent of the total cases. Till date, 14 districts have been affected by local transmission of the virus and only two districts – Pherzawl and Tengnoupal - are left untouched.
Kamjong is the latest district to experience local spread with nine such cases reported in the CCR statement. As the number of locally transmitted cases is rising rapidly in Imphal West district, which is the most populated district in the state, the situation is becoming very grim in the state capital. Rate of local spread in some of the top districts are 63 per cent in Thoubal, 43 per cent in Jiribam, 40 per cent in Imphal West, 33 per cent in Imphal East, 27 per cent in Bishnupur and 25 per cent in Chandel district.
Rate of infection has reached 1242 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 1694. Test rate has improved to 33,280 tests per million population and the average growth rate in the last one week is 4.7 per cent.
Meanwhile, sources said that 31 new cases in Thangmeiband Sinam Leikai area and 11 cases in different parts of Imphal West district including Kangchup Kharang, Ramji village, Awang Khunnou, Irong Mayai Leikai, Bengoon Mayai Leikai and Chabung Company areas were detected late evening on Monday during Rapid Antigen Test. Of the 42 cases, nine are children in the age group of 3 to 16 years. Two from Bengoon Mayai Leikai and one each from Irong Mayai Leikai and Chabung Company are said to be close contacts of previous cases reported from Mayang Imphal police station. The sources said that these cases are yet to be counted in the official tally released by CCR at 5 pm.
In another case, a police constable posted at Khongjom police station was found positive of Covid-19 late Sunday night which prompted the district administration to evacuate four personnel who had close contacts in the quarantine centre for police set up at Waikhom Mani Girls’ College, Thoubal. According to source, the constable went to his home at Sangaiyumpham recently for Eid festival. His sample was reportedly collected for testing on Friday and he joined for duty on Sunday afternoon before receiving his test results. Later, in the late night, his sample was found to be positive after which the four other police personnel were sent to the quarantine centre.
In Kakching district, seven new cases were reported in RAT conducted at the district hospital on Monday evening. One of them is an employee of office of Range Forest Officer Kakching while the remaining six are returnees staying in community quarantine centres. Earlier, an employee of the office was found positive after which samples of 21 officials were collected for testing and one came positive of the virus. Samples of 16 inmates of different quarantine centres were also tested on Monday of which six came back with positive results.
With the seven new cases, the district now has 184 total confirmed cases and 21 active cases are undergoing treatment at the Covid Care Centre set up at Padma Ratna English School Kakching.
A total of 27 inmates are staying in different quarantine centres of the district, our Kakching correspondent quoted official statement issued by the district surveillance officer Kakching Dr Kiran Elangbam.
On the other hand, a RIMS staff was found positive of Covid-19 in the late evening. Four persons from Noney, one from Kamjong and one from Bishnupur district were also found positive in the late evening at RIMS.


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