Tally crosses 7000 as two more deaths take toll to 38

IMPHAL, 6th Sep: With detection of 139 new positive cases and two new deaths, the tally of Covid-19 positive cases in the state has crossed 7000 mark while the virus has so far claimed 38 lives consequently leading to a steep uphill trend in the last one month.
The latest two victims have been identified as Oinam Elizabeth (31) daughter of Oinam Kumar of Sagolband Moirang Hanuba Leirak, Imphal West district and Md Abdul Latif (65) of Thoubal Moijing. The woman had been suffering from carcinoma colon (colon cancer) with metastasis to scalp (post-surgery) with Covid-19 positive and she was admitted under the general medicine department of RIMS on Saturday 3 pm. The patient died on the same day at 10.05 pm. She was the youngest victim of Covid-19 in the state till date. On the other hand, the man victim was admitted to JNIMS Covid ward on August 29 morning and died on Sunday at 2.30 am. Apart from being Covid-19 positive, he also had Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus, and he showed symptoms of shortness of breath and loss of appetite.
The first Covid fatality was reported on July 29 followed by three more deaths on the next day an d another one on the next. Five deaths were reported in the last three days of July. August reported 23 Covid fatalities while September reported 10 fatalities in the first six days. Positive cases also saw rapid rise during the last half of July, and August. Out of the 38 deaths, one is a police constable attached with NAB.
Meanwhile, daily bulletin of Covid-19 Common Control Room reported 139 new positive cases in the past 24 hours, which include 121 persons (81 male & 40 female) from among the general population and 18 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). The positive cases were detected at JNIMS VRDL - 15; RIMS VRDL - 11; Ukhrul - 2; Imphal West - 70; Bishnupur - 2; Thoubal - 10; Imphal East - 4; Jivan Hospital - 2; Babina Diagnostics - 8; Churachandpur - 4; Senapati - 5; RIMS RAT - 2; Tamenglong TrueNat - 1; and Raj Medicity - 3.
The confirmed cases from among the general population are from Imphal West - 74; Imphal East - 21; Senapati - 1; Ukhrul - 2; Tamenglong - 1; Thoubal - 18; Churachandpur - 2; and Bishnupur - 2. All are locals without any significant travel history. They are being shifted to Covid Care facilities and all necessary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.
However, the bulletin did not mention anything about a positive case detected in Jiribam district during RAT on Saturday night which was mentioned in this daily’s Sunday issue. The person is a labourer of railway project from Assam and he has been staying in Jiribam since February.
In the past 24 hours, 189 patients were discharged from RIMS (11), JNIMS (1), CCCs of CAPF (65), Lamboi Khongnangkhong (64), Noney (3), RD Wing (10) and UNACCO (35) after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test. No district information for the 189 discharged cases has been shared in the bulletin. However, sources informed that 62 of them are from Imphal West, 16 from Imphal East, 11 from Thoubal, 13 from Bishnupur and 3 from Noney.
The cumulative number of positive cases has reached 7022 (general population - 5331 and CAPF personnel -1691). Number of recovered cases is 5164 (general population - 4013 and CAPF personnel - 1151) while number of active cases is 1820 (general population - 1282 and CAPF personnel - 538). The recovery rate saw some improvement and stands at 73.54 per cent against the national average of 77.32 per cent.
On the other hand, sources informed that some nurses and a doctor of a private hospital in Imphal West district have been found positive for Covid-19. Till date nearly 300 frontline workers, mostly state security personnel have been found positive. Two of them are media persons while nearly 90 are persons working in healthcare settings who include doctors, nurses, attendants, technicians among others.
At least 10 positive cases including two returnees were also detected on Sunday during RAT. The returnees are from Hiyangthang Pallak. The remaining eight are from Heirangoithong Maibam Leikai, Takyel Khongbal (RD Wing staff), Changangei Makha Leikai (2), Thangmeiband Takhellambam Leikai, Khagempalli, and Tungou Khunnou (presently staying at Langol Housing Complex). Following the detection of a positive case among labourers working on railway project, six more migrant labourers were also found positive for Covid-19 in Jiribam district. Besides, at least 15 persons have been discharged from the CCC in late Sunday night and the same should be reflected in CCR’s bulletin on Monday.
Testing centres in Kakching district also reported three fresh cases on Sunday, but are yet to be reported by the state health authority. One is a resident of Guwahati but presently staying at Khangabok. He came by car from Guwahati on Saturday and conducted test at Jivan Hospital. The second one is a resident of Lailoiphai village in Churachandpur district without any travel history and his sample was also found positive at Jivan hospital. The third case is a resident of Sugnu Mayai Leikai in Kakching district. He is presently serving as rifleman in Manipur Rifles and he returned home on leave on September 2. His sample was found positive for Covid-19 at the sub-district hospital at Sugnu.
Meanwhile, district surveillance officer Kakching Dr Kiran Elangbam informed that the district has 242 confirmed cases of Covid-19 as of Sunday.
As per data maintained by The People’s Chronicle, number of locally transmitted cases is also rising rapidly in the tally. With all the 121 positive cases from among the general population reported as local cases, the tally for locally transmitted cases has risen up to 3133, which is 44.672 per cent of the total confirmed cases. District-wise numbers of local cases are Imphal West – 1283, Churachandpur – 106, Thoubal – 638, Imphal East – 504, Kangpokpi – 17, Ukhrul – 28, Senapati – 16, Tamenglong – 24, Kakching – 36, Kamjong – 10, Bishnupur – 140, Chandel – 48, Jiribam – 70, Noney – 27, and Tengnoupal – 56. District locations of 30 local cases are unavailable.
Data analysis by this daily shows that rate of infection has worsen to 2263 confirmed cases per million population against the national average of 3130 CPM. Test rate has improved to 55,611 tests per million population against the national average of 35,322 TPM. Single day positivity rate is 4 per cent and cumulative positivity rate is 4.07 per cent. Case fatality rate also saw some slight increase and stands at 0.56 per cent against the national average of 1.72 per cent.

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