Death toll rises to 17, local cases reach 500 in Imphal West

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 17th Aug: The Covid-19 pandemic situation continues to remain grim, especially in Imphal West district where the number of locally transmitted case has been surging while the disease claimed yet another life in the state on Monday.
The tally of infections in Imphal West district has reached 943 with at least 500 instances of locally transmitted cases recorded till date.
In the past 24 hours, 118 new positive cases including 94 people (53 male & 41 female) from among general population and 24 personnel from CAPF were detected at JNIMS VRDL (9), Raj Medicity (3), DH Noney (2), Babina Diagnostics (2), DH Churachandpur (25), Imphal West RAT (69), Shija Hospital (2), DH Thoubal (5), and DH Tamenglong (1). All the cases from among the general population do not have travel history. One each is from Tamenglong & Churachandpur, two from Noney, six from Thoubal, 12 from Imphal East districts while Imphal West district alone accounted for 72 of the cases. They are being shifted to Covid Care facilities and all necessary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, according to a statement of the Covid-19 Common Control Room.
One 48-year old man from Imphal East succumbed at RIMS hospital due to Covid-19 and other co-morbid health conditions taking the cumulative number of deaths to 17.
According to a source, the victim was a resident of Kiyamgei and he passed away at RIMS on Sunday night around 8. He had other health conditions like Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), anaemia, hypertension, and diabetes.
On the other hand, 102 patients were discharged also discharged in the past 24 hours from RIMS (5), CCCs of Lamboi Khongnangkhong (81), Kasom (8), Senapati (1) and CAPF (7). However no district specific details of the freshly discharged cases are provided by the authority.
Mention may be made that the state health authority has not been able to provide district specific information of several discharged cases and the district-wise tally of Covid-19 cases is uploaded on the government’s official website with incomplete information. As of Monday, details of 445 discharged cases are not included in the tally uploaded on the website. Neither the CCR statement nor the IDSP statement shared such details to the media. Even though the official statements once in a while claim that it does not withhold data, very limited information is released to the media regarding the status of Covid-19 cases since the beginning. The cumulative number of positive cases has reached 4687 of which 3471 are from among the general population and 1216 from among CAPF personnel. Number of discharged cases has reached 2734 (general population – 2480 and CAPF personnel – 254) and number of active cases is 1936 (general population – 975 and CAPF personnel – 961). The recovery rate has improved to 58.33 per cent.
The CCR statement further informed that ‘psychological support helpline number - 8787457035, 9402751364, 76299435961; hospitalisation helpline toll free number - 1800-103-2015 and Covid-19 Common Control Room helpline number — 1800-345-3818 are functional 24x7.
Meanwhile, data maintained by The People’s Chronicle shows that number of locally transmitted cases has reached 1315 in the state which is 28.05 per cent of the total confirmed case. Imphal West has 500 cases without travel history out of 943 total confirmed cases. Thoubal district has 346 locally transmitted cases out of 501 total cases while Imphal East has 186 such cases out of 445 total cases.
It further shows that the rate of infection has reached 1511 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 2014 CPM. At the same time, test rate has improved to 37,343 tests per million population against the national average of 21,742. Manipur is in the 14th place among the states in terms of test rate. Among the north east states, Arunachal Pradesh has the highest test rate of 82,970 test per million population followed by Tripura with 55,308, Sikkim with 50,919, Assam with 50,328 and Manipur.


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