One more dies as tally reaches 4765, local cases 1384

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 18th Aug: Death toll related with Covid-19 has reached 18 in the state as the virus claimed a 75-year old woman from Imphal West district on Tuesday even as the total confirmed cases climbed to 4765 including 1384 instances of locally transmitted cases.
The 18th victim from Keishampat Mutum Leirak was rushed to JNIMS on Tuesday morning around 8.30 with complaints of fever and difficulties in breathing. She was diagnosed for Covid-19 but succumbed to Covid induced complications at around 9.30 am.
On the other-hand, a police constable posted at Thoubal district police HQ as sentry was found positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. The constable is a resident of Athokpam Khunou and he is on leave. He went to a hospital for child delivery of his wife. During a mandatory test, his sample tested positive and his wife’s negative.
According to a statement of Covid-19 Common Control Room, 78 fresh Covid-19 positive cases including 73 (49 male & 24 female) from among general population and five personnel from CAPF were detected at JNIMS VRDL (15), JNIMS RAT (1), RIMS TrueNat (9), Jiribam RAT (1), Noney RAT (2), Imphal West RAT (36), DH Bishnupur (9), Imphal East RAT (4), and Public Hospital and Research Institute (1) in the last 24 hours.
Four cases from Imphal West district from among the general population are returnees while the remaining 69 are locally transmitted cases. Two each of them are from Noney and Thoubal district, nine from Bishnupur, 16 from Imphal East and 40 from Imphal West district.
In the past 24 hours, 55 patients were discharged from the CCCs of Lamboi Khongnangkhong (29), Lanva Churachandpur (5), TK Ukhrul (1) and CAPF (20), after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test.
The cumulative number of positive cases is 4765 which include 3544 from among the general population and 1221 CAPF personnel. Number of discharged cases is 2789 (general population – 2515 and CAPF personnel – 274) while number of active cases is 1958 (general population – 1012 and CAPF personnel – 946). The recovery rate is 58.53 per cent and fatality rate is 0.37 per cent.
Psychological support helpline numbers - 8787457035, 9402751364, 76299435961; hospitalisation helpline toll free number - 1800-103-2015 and Covid-19 Common Control Room helpline number — 1800-345-3818 are functioning 24x7, the statement added.
Meanwhile, data maintained by The People’s Chronicle shows that 29 per cent of the total confirmed cases are locally transmitted cases and the rate further increases to 39 per cent if calculated only the cases from among general population. Total cases in Imphal West district have reached 991 including 540 locally transmitted cases. Churachandpur is in the second spot of the tally with 562 total confirmed cases but local number of cases among general population is below 20. Thoubal district is in the third place with 503 total confirmed cases which include 348 local transmission cases.
Imphal East is in the fourth place with 460 total confirmed cases including 202 locally transmitted cases.
Data analysed by this daily further shows that the rate of infection in the state has reached 1536 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 2052 CPM. Test rate has improved with 37,802 tests per million population against the national average of 22,393. Among the northeast states, Assam has the highest rate of infection with 2323 CPM followed by Tripura with 1859 CPM, Sikkim with 1787 CPM, Nagaland with 1637 CPM and then Manipur.
Owing to apparent absence of efficient database management software, the state health authority has been failing to provide full data to the media. There are even possibilities of the government authority facing a tough time in managing these data by simply relying on Excel sheets as no district specific data have been released for around 500 discharged cases till date. The state government’s website www.mncovid19.in and www.manipurcovidstories.org show incomplete data.
Surprisingly, there are differences in data provided by the state IDSP and DSOs of different districts.
Reports released by DSO Kakching show that the district has 199 total confirmed cases for the past couple of days but the government’s official website, whose data is based on report from IDSP, shows 190 total cases in Kakching district. Similarly, report released by DSO Churachandpur stated that the district has 586 total confirmed cases but the website shows only 562 total confirmed cases. The situation is similar with some other districts.


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