Death toll rises to 25, local cases reach 1960

IMPHAL, 26th Aug: As the tally for confirmed Covid-19 positive cases has reached 5585, one more death at JNIMS hospital on Wednesday morning took the Covid-19 death toll in the state to 25 while instances of locally transmitted cases reached 1960 as on Wednesday.
The latest victim of Covid-19 was a resident of Wahengbam Leikai, Imphal West identified as N Shyamasakhi (65). She was admitted to JNIMS Covid Ward after diagnosed with Covid-19 on August 19. She also had underlying health conditions of hypertension and Type 2 Diabetes Melitus. She passed away at the hospital on Wednesday morning at 7.
As per daily bulletin issued by the Covid-19 Common Control Room (CCR), 141 fresh positive cases which include 116 persons (79 male & 37 female) from among the general population and 25 personnel from among Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were detected in the past 24 hours at the VRDLs of RIMS – 38, & JNIMS-18; Bishnupur - 2; Raj Medicity - 2; Thoubal - 4; Imphal West RAT - 38; Babina Diagnostics - 6; RIMS RAT - 9; STDC/IRL - 1; Imphal East RAT - 14; Thoubal - 4; Shija Hospital - 2; and Churachandpur - 3.
Two persons from Noney district, out of the 116 cases from among the general population, are returnees while the remaining 114 are locally transmitted cases. One each of them is from Kakching, Senapati, Noney & Kangpokpi, three from Churachandpur, four from Bishnupur, 14 from Thoubal, 32 from Imphal East, and 57 from Imphal West districts. They are being shifted to Covid Care facilities and all necessary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.
In the past 24 hours, 17 patients were discharged from RIMS (8), and CCCs of RD Wing (1) and CAPF (8) after they were found COVID- 19 free on RT PCR test. However, the bulletin did not disclose district specific information for the freshly discharged cases. As of Wednesday, district locations of 1333 discharged cases are not available as the authority does not release such data to the media. The People’s Chronicle will update the table as and when the data is available from authentic sources.
The CCR bulletin also informed that the cumulative number of positive cases is 5585 which include 4129 cases from among the general population and 1456 cases among the CAPF personnel. Number of reco vered cases has reached 3829 (general population - 3163 and CAPF personnel - 666) while number of active cases has reached 1731 (general population - 942 and CAPF personnel - 789). The recovery rate has reduced to 68.55 per cent against the national average of 76.30 per cent.
Informing that the health minister has inaugurated State Tele-consultation & eSanjeevani OPD at State HUB (DHS) & 11 Centres (District Hospitals & PHCs) on Wednesday, the bulletin informed the public to download the app eSanjeevaniOPD from Google Play Store or by visiting eSanjeevaniOPD is a tele-consultation service between patients and doctors using smartphones or computer/ laptop/ tablet with internet connection. Patients may consult government doctors through tele-consultation from 10 am to 3 pm on every working day, it added.
Meanwhile, in a latest development, the state government has issued a new SOP for returnees and removed the mandatory 14 days quarantine in quarantine centres as well as time period for collecting swab samples. As per the new SOP issued by chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar, all returnees will undergo testing for Covid-19 immediately upon arrival. Those who are found negative will be allowed to go home with the advice to maintain precautionary measures and no negative persons will be kept in quarantine centres. The notification instructed district CMOs for immediate testing of all returnees.
Earlier, 14 days of quarantine period or until tested negative was mandatory for all returnees. Samples were collected only after a certain number of days to detect any infection acquired during their journey. By conducting immediate testing of returnees, infection acquired during their journey will possibly go undetected.
On the other hand, status update shared by IDSP informed that 3226 tests were conducted in the past 24 hours taking the total tests conducted to 1,40,610. In the past 24 hours, 598 truckers and 520 commuters including 431 flight passengers entered the state through different entry points.
Meanwhile, as per data maintained by The People’s Chronicle based on the CCR’s daily bulletin and IDSP’s statement, the number of locally transmitted cases has reached 1960 which accounted for 35 per cent of the total 5585 confirmed cases. Imphal West has highest count of local cases with 818 (62.68 per cent) out of the district’s total confirmed Covid-19 tally of 1305. Imphal East is in the second spot with 639 total confirmed cases including 346 (54.15 per cent) locally transmitted cases.
Churachandpur district is in the third place with 606 cases including 37 (6.10 per cent) instances of local cases. Mention may be made that official source from the DSO of Churachandpur district mentioned nine local cases on Tuesday. However, tally calculated by this daily based on the daily bulletin of CCR shows 37 instances of local cases in the district till date.
Thoubal district has 560 total confirmed cases of which 403 (71.96 per cent) are locally transmitted cases. Bishnupur district has 187 confirmed cases including 93 (49.73 per cent) of local cases. Numbers of local cases in other districts are Jiribam (56), Chandel (37), Noney (27), Ukhrul (15), Senapati (10), Tamenglong (10), Kamjong (10), Kakching (7), and Kangpokpi (3) while Pherzawl and Tengnoupal districts have zero instances of local cases. There are still 88 local transmission cases whose district locations are not available with this daily since the state health authority does not release such information to the media.
Data analysis made by this daily shows that the rate of infection has reached 1800 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 2465 CPM. Test rate has further improved to 45,314 tests per million population against the national average of 27,243 TPM. Positivity rate stands at 3.9 per cent.
Late report informed that a rifleman of 28 Sector Assam Rifles, Kakching was also found positive for Covid-19 pm Wednesday. The 32-year old rifleman is a resident of Wangoo, Kakching district and his sample was found positive for Covid-19 during RAT. He has been shifted to RIMS. With the rifleman, Kakching district has 207 confirmed cases of Covid-19 positive, informed District Surveillance Officer Kakching Dr Kiran Elangbam. Quarantine centres in the district have 25 inmates at present while the Covid Care Centre set up at Padma Ratna English School has 7 patients, the DSO added.
Mention may be made that the total confirmed cases of Kakching district is reported as 197 in the IDSP report showing a difference of 10 cases. The situation is same with some other districts like Churachandpur, Kamjong, Jiribam among others.
On the other hand, 33 out of 36 positive CISF personnel and their family members have been discharged after their test results came negative. According to a statement of CISF deputy commandant, 34 personnel and two family members were infected by the virus. Till date 33 of them have recovered and there are only three patients undergoing treatment at Covid Care Centre. Through active surveillance and containment measures, the CISF ASG unit Imphal has become Covid-19 free zone, the statement said while informing that the quarantine barrack of the unit was converted into a Covid Care Centre after the CCCs under the state government were found full. CISF is committed to provide necessary security in the state, it added.

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