Death toll reaches 22, local cases rising rapidly

IMPHAL, 21st Aug: With the death of an elderly woman from Thoubal district, the death toll from Covid-19 has reached 22 as the total tally of confirmed positive cases reached 5132 in the state on Saturday.
On the other hand, the virus situation in the twin capital Imphal districts is going out of control, as more than half of the locally transmitted cases in the state are from the two districts, especially Imphal West. The two districts have 930 instances of locally transmitted cases out of the total 1645 local cases in the state. Considering the situation, the state health authority has expanded its teams for sample collection and surveillance activities in Imphal West district.
According to the daily bulletin issued by Covid-19 Common Control Room (CCR), in the last 24 hours, 83 new Covid-19 cases which include 61 people (39 male & 22 female) from among the general population and 22 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were detected at RIMS RAT - 3; JNIMS VRDL - 13; JNIMS RAT - 2; Raj Medicity - 4; Shija – 2; Public Hospital — 1; Babina Diagnostics – 26; Jeevan Hospital – 1; Mother's Care – 1; Imphal West RAT – 14; Churachandpur RAT – 1; Bishnupur RAT – 3; and Imphal East RAT – 12.
Only one person from Chandel district is a returnee while the remaining 60 are locally transmitted cases without any travel history. One is from Kakching, two from Chandel, four from Churachandpur, five each from Bishnupur and Thoubal, 17 from Imphal East and 26 from Imphal West district. They are being shifted to Covid Care facilities and all necessary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place, the bulletin said.
It further informed that a 34-year old man from Churachandpur district passed away at UNACCO CCC due to Covid-19 on Friday. The same report was published by this daily in its Saturday’s edition. A 70-year old woman from Thoubal district also succumbed at JNIMS due to Covid-19 and other co-morbid conditions on Saturday taking the death toll to 22.
Source identified the latter victim as Mastura, wife of Jabir of Yairipok Singa. She was admitted to JNIMS on Thursday after she was found positive for Covid-19 and died on Saturday at 11.30 am. She had underlying conditions of Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, hypertension and old stroke record. One of the positive cases from Thoubal district is a 29-year old woman from Lilong Chingkham area. Her sample was found positive on RAT while visiting Jivan Hospital at Kakching on Friday morning. She visited the hospital with her husband. She has been evacuated to the Covid Care Centre of Thoubal district.
The lone case of Kakching district is a rifleman of 2nd IRB, who is a resident of Kakching Moirangthem Leikai. His sample was found positive for Covid-19 at Babina Diagnostic Centre. He has been shifted to CCC set up at Padma Ratna English School, Kakching. Four family members of the 40-year old rifleman were tested through RAT on Saturday and their results came negative, according to district surveillance officer Kakching Dr Kiran Elangbam.
Meanwhile, Ideal Youth Association (IYA) Kakching Wairi Ward no. 1 along with ASHA workers of the areas has been carrying out door to door screening for Covid symptoms and sanitisation activities while creating public awareness on the precautionary measures to be taken up against Covid-19.
In the past 24 hours, 194 patients were discharged from RIMS (24), CCCs of Lamboi Khongnangkhong (58), UNACCO (38), JNV Chandel (8), Thoubal (22), DH Thoubal (5), TK Ukhrul (2), Kamjong (6) and RD Wing (31) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. District specific information of the freshly discharged cases is not mentioned in the CCR bulletin. Till date, district specific information of 1027 discharged cases remains unknown. This daily collects information from different sources and updates the same in the table as and when available.
The cumulative number of positive cases is 5132 which include 3798 from among the general population and 1334 from among CAPF personnel. Number of recovered cases has reached 3455 (general population – 2938 and CAPF personnel – 517) while number of active cases is 1655 (general population – 839 and CAPF personnel – 816). The recovery rate has further improved to 67.32 per cent against the national average of 74.69 per cent as reported by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare.
The CCR’s bulletin also informed that tackling Covid requires alertness to the evolving scenario. Accordingly, for Imphal West district, sample collection teams have been expanded and now there are 25 doctors and the district surveillance team have also been expanded. Further, State Surveillance Officer is regularly monitoring Covid situation in the district. Arrangements for testing of tanker drivers have also been made. As per protocol, optimal time for testing is 5-7 days after contact. Therefore, when a positive case is detected in the locality, to expect immediate testing is not correct. Self-isolation is the most important action, it added.
Status report shared by IDSP informed that the state has conducted 1,28,468 tests so far including 3238 tests conducted in the past 24 hours. It further informed that 340 truckers and 319 commuters including 215 flight passengers were screened for Covid-19 symptoms before entering the state.
Covid-19 positive cases without travel history were detected in areas including Uripok Bachaspati Leikai, Awang Khunou Mayai Leikai, Sega Road Takhellambam Leikai, Paona Keithel, Thangal Keithel, Mantripukhri, Lamlongei, Khergao Chandam, Telipati, Dewlahlane 5th Avenue, Achanbigei Mayai Leikai, Nongmeibung, Porompat Thawanthaba, Chingmeirong, Khongman Zone 5, Laifam Khunnou and Wangkhei Angom Leikai. A CRPF jawan posted for sentry duty at PWD office Imphal has also been tested positive.
In the late evening of Saturday, 14 new cases including two personnel of 183 battalion CRPF and two from BRTF Lamphel were confirmed at RIMS VRDL. The civilian cases include a one year old boy from MPTC Pangei while the rest are from Lamsang, Lilong, Bishnupur, Khurai Heikru Makhong, Oinam Sawombung, Nagamapal, Lamding, Khongjom Sapam and Irong.
As per data maintained by The People’s Chronicle, the number of locally transmitted cases has reached 1645 which is 32.05 per cent of the total 5132 cases. The rate further increases to 43.31 per cent if calculated for the total count among general population. Imphal West has 661 local cases contributing to 58.76 per cent of the total 1125 cases of the district. Churachandpur district has 594 total cases including 30 local cases. Imphal East has 269 local cases, which is 47.61 per cent of the 565 total cases. Thoubal district, which is in the fourth place in the tally, has 366 instances of locally transmitted cases contributing to 69.98 per cent of the district’s total case of 523.
Bishnupur district is also experiencing gradual rise in locally transmitted cases. With five such new cases reported by CCR on Saturday, the figure reached 71, which is 43.56 per cent of the total cases of 163. Jiribam district’s local transmission figure remains at 56 out of 132 total cases. Number of local cases in Chandel and Noney districts is 36 and 25 out of 145 and 88 total cases respectively. District specific information of 81 locally transmitted cases are not known to TPC.
Data analysis by this daily shows that the rate of infection has reached 1654 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 2270 CPM. Test rate has improved to 41,401 tests per million population against the national average of 24,959 TPM. Case fatality rate has reached 0.42 per cent against the national average of 1.87 per cent. Positivity rate is at 3.99 per cent.

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