Local spread close to 1000 mark, cross 300 in IW

55 local cases in IW; 12 cops found positive; fatality count reaches 12

IMPHAL, 11th Aug: On Tuesday, 73 locally transmitted cases were defected from among 88 fresh Covid-19 positive cases recorded in the state, taking the total number of local transmission cases to 934 out of 3941 total confirmed cases (23.69 per cent), while the fatality count has reached 12 after the death of a man from Imphal East district at JNIMS hospital.
According to reports, the 60-year old victim was from Nongmeibung and already had co-morbidities like diabetes, hypertension, etc. He was brought to JNIMS casualty on Monday and underwent a test for Covid-19 before admittance, the result of which came back positive. The patient was then admitted to the Covid Care Facility at JNIMS and was undergoing necessary treatment, before passing away on Tuesday morning.
The body has been handed over to the District administration for conducting the last rites, the reports conveyed.
Meanwhile, local transmission cases in Imphal West district has reached 311 out of 703 making the district most affected one in terms of both total cases and locally transmitted cases.
According to a statement issued by Covid-19 Common Control Room, 88 people – 75 (43 male & 32 female) from the general population and 13 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) – were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases in the past 24 hours. The positive cases are detected at the VRDLs of RIMS (10), JNIMS (5), Babina Diagnostic (10), Imphal West RAT (50), Raj Medicity TruNat (2), and Shija Hospital (1). Two cases from among the general population, one each from Imphal East and Kamjong district are returnees while the rest are locally transmitted cases.
As per the statement, 55 new cases of local transmission were reported in Imphal West, seven in Imphal East, four in Bishnupur, three in Noney, two in Thoubal district and one each in Senapati and Tamenglong district. All the new cases are being shifted to Covid Care facilities and necessary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, it added.
In the past 24 hours, 33 patients were discharged including 20 CAPF personnel. The rest were discharged from JNIMS (2), CCCS of Meitram (6) and Ukhrul (5). However, no district specific information has been provided for the freshly discharged cases.
The statement informed that the cumulative number of positive cases is 3941 of which 3065 are general population and 889 CAPF personnel. Number of discharged cases is 2155 (general population-1985 and CAPF-170) while number of active cases is 1774 (general population- 1055 and CAPF-719). The recovery rate has reduced to 54.68 per cent.
Meanwhile, a reliable source said that 10 police personnel of Heingang police station including the 2nd OC were found positive during RAT on Tuesday. A constable was earlier found positive in the PS, the source added. A police constable, who is part of the escort team of Store OC of Thoubal district police, was found positive of Covid-19. The constable, who is a resident of Sangaiyumpham in Thoubal district, recently returned home for Eid festival and went for RT PCR test before joining for duty. His results came positive on Monday night. Another police constable posted at Leishangthem outpost, who was staying at Waikhom Mani Girls’ College, was found positive in Rapid Antigen Test. He had another RAT a few days back and his results came negative at that time. Samples of 17 personnel were tested on Tuesday and he was the lone positive case in the batch. He is a resident of Chingtham. The personnel including CDOs posted at the outpost were tested for Covid-19 after some personnel contracted the virus from their family members recently.
Kakching district reported two fresh cases in the late evening and both are returnees, who have been staying at the community quarantine centre set up at Martin Grammar School Kakching. Their samples were tested at RIMS VRDL. With the two new cases, total count of confirmed cases in the district has reached 186 and 19 people are staying in two different quarantine centres. On Tuesday, 12 patients were discharged from the quarantine centres for home quarantine after completing quarantine period and getting negative test results, our Kakching correspondent quoted district surveillance officer Dr Kiran Elangbam as saying. Results of 39 samples are still awaited and 14 RAT were conducted in the district on Tuesday, the source added.
A senior doctor from Thangmeiband, who has been staying under observation at RIMS flu clinic was also found positive on Tuesday evening. In addition, five cases were detected in Noney while six each in Thoubal and Kamjong districts. The five cases in Noney include a 13-year old girl from Noney bazar area while the others are adults from Noney bazar and Khongsang areas. The six cases in Thoubal district include a six-year old girl from Athokpam Awang Leikai and the rest are adults from Yairipok, Lilong, Kiyam Siphai and Thoubal Achouba. The six new cases in Kamjong district also include a six-year old boy from Sampui and the rest are adults from Sampui, Chassad and Alang areas.
On the other hand, status update shared by IDSP informed that the state has conducted 104,263 tests till date including 995 conducted in the past 24 hours. Officials also screened 724 truckers and 341 commuters including 293 flight passengers at different entry points for Covid symptoms.
As per data compiled by The People’s Chronicle, the rate of infection in the state has reached 1270 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 1743. Test rate has improved to 33,600 tests per million population against the national average of 18,300.
Among the districts, Imphal West tops the tally in terms of both total confirmed cases and number of locally transmitted cases with 706 and 311 cases respectively. Thoubal district is in the second place with 270 locally transmitted cases out of 423 total cases. Imphal East has 119 local transmission cases out of 340 total confirmed cases. Though count of local transmission cases in other districts are minimal, further outbreak of the virus among the general population cannot be ruled out, especially in districts like Bishnupur, Noney, Kamjong and Chandel. TPC has not been able to trace district origin of nearly 60 local transmission cases since the state health authority does not release such data.
Mention may be made that the CCR statement mentioned total count of local transmission cases for two consecutive days a few days back. Since then, no such data including the total and district specific data has been released either to the media or placed in the public domain. Moreover, district specific table of total confirmed, discharged, active, and death cases are not released either by IDSP or CCR. However, two of the three Covid-19 related official websites of the state government update the data on daily basis around midnight but the data lack complete details and are erroneous at times.

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