Manipur: 12 more contacts of volunteers test COVID-19 positive in Thoubal

A total of 134 persons from the district have tested COVID-19 positive till Tuesday.

Thoubal (PHOTO: IFP)

The local transmission of COVID-19 in Thoubal district has apparently escalated as 12 more contacts and family members of volunteers, who tested COVID-19 positive earlier, were confirmed COVID-19 positive on Wednesday. 

Nine of them were among those 225 samples tested at Thoubal District Hospital while three were among those 41 samples tested at Thoubal Moijing High School. 

Altogether, 650 samples have been tested so far since July 16, when contact tracing of positive volunteers began, of which 52, including the 12 new cases, have tested positive till Wednesday. 

A total of 134 persons from the district have tested COVID-19 positive till Tuesday. Out of 134 cases, 74 were active while 60 have been discharged till Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, the wife of the CRPF personnel, who tested COVID-19 positive while on home quarantine, has also tested positive for the virus.  

The CRPF personnel was discharged from the community quarantine centre in Wangjing after testing negative but tested positive later while on home quarantine. However, their children have tested negative and tests results of other contacts of the CRPF personnel are awaited. 

Meanwhile, nodal officer for COVID-19 management appointed for Thoubal and Chandel, education commissioner, T Ranjit has inspected and taken stock of the situation in the district on Wednesday.

Detailed deliberations on the measures being taken up and to be taken up were made during the review meeting held at conference hall of the DC, Thoubal.

The DC highlighted the COVID-19 updates while also intimating the urgent requirements for the district in containing the present situation of local spread. 

SP, Thoubal, S Ibomcha; CMO, Thoubal, Dr N Jayentakumar; ADM, Thoubal, L Radhakanta; district surveillance officer, Dr Kh Trusty were also present during the review meeting.

People remained indoors and all major markets and roads in the district remained deserted due to the total lockdown imposed in the district since Tuesday in view of the COVID-19 spread from local volunteers who worked in different community quarantine centres in the district.

Following reports of six positive cases from two community quarantine centres in Thoubal on Tuesday, deputy commissioner, Thoubal has declared the two quarantine centres namely, New Ideal High School, Thoubal and Sangaiyumpham Higher Secondary School, Block C as containment zones.

The vicinity of the dam in Lilong assembly constituency has also been declared as a containment zone by an order. 

The order also warned of legal action against violators of the containment guidelines.

First Published:July 22, 2020, 10:30 p.m.

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