Ukl case resolved, virus source unknown
R LESTER MAKANG
UKHRUL, 2nd Sep: One of the recent positive cases of Covid-19 without any known travel history that had raised a spectre of local transmission in Ukhrul town has been reportedly resolved but the source of infection remains unknown, an official source said.
It may be recalled that a jawan of the 6th Manipur Rifles (MR) tested positive for Coronavirus without any recent travel history on August 16 and the entire 6th MR campus at Phungreitang was brought under containment zone the same day.
However, all containment measures were lifted from the 6th MR Camp on August 22 after all close contacts of the patient were cleared from the virus.
"The case has been resolved now, even though the source of the infection could not be established," a source from the district surveillance office informed The People's Chronicle on Wednesday.
The source continued that the patient has already recuperated and was discharged from the Covid Care facility subsequently.
"Around 150 personnel of 6th MR were tested and retested as part of containment and surveillance measures and all of them tested negative for the virus," continued the source, while adding that around 50 persons including shopkeepers and vendors operating around the security camp, who were considered as close contacts of the patient were tested.
Even then, the source assured that the there was no need to panic about the possibility of local transmission here as the case is successfully concluded.
"We have explored every possible way to trace the source and test reports of all possible primary and close contacts have turned out negative," it said. The location of the MR Camp being a crowded area where vegetable vendors and grocery shops are abound, the public are growing anxious after the positive case was detected without any travel history. The district surveillance team had tested some of the public members on suspicion if the patient had had any contact with the vendors and shopkeepers there. The MR rifleman had not been posted at any of the quarantine centres in the district.