Kangpokpi extends lockdown, conducts mass testing as COVID-19 death toll rises to 28

A Covid-19 patient who was admitted at the Covid care centre Leikop on May 27 after being tested COVID-19 positive, died early Tuesday at the centre.


Mass Covid-19 testing being conducted at Kangpokpi town on June 1 (Photo: IFP)

A woman from Irang Part-I in Kangpokpi district succumbed to COVID-19 at the Covid care centre Leikop on Tuesday, pushing the death toll in the district to 28.

Covid-19 patient Dhan Maya, 74, who was admitted at Covid care centre Leikop on May 27 after being tested COVID-19 positive, died this morning at the centre. She was later cremated by her family following strict protocols.

With five individuals tested positive and another five cured and discharged in the past 24 hours, the active cases in the district stands at 85.

Kangpokpi local bodies under the aegis of Kangpokpi Town Committee announced Lockdown 3 at Kangpokpi district headquarters following the expiry of lockdown 2 on May 30 as the town despite witnessing a slow but continuous upswing in COVID-19 positive cases.

During lockdown 3, all shops within Kangpokpi town shall continue to remain closed as usual, movement of passenger auto-rickshaws are strictly restricted while wearing of masks is made mandatory in public places.

However, Government offices, banking services, essential and emergency services apart from individual emergency or unforeseen situations such as medical emergency, funeral services etc. are exempted from the purview of the lockdown 3.

Meanwhile, as part of its daily preventive activities, the COVID task force Kangpokpi in collaboration with District Hospital Kangpokpi authority and Kangpokpi Police embarked on random mass testing especially those who violate Covid appropriate behaviour in public places and streets.

Kangpokpi Police led by its officer-in-charge, inspector Henminthang Kipgen along with volunteers of Covid task force Kangpokpi detained those violating COVID appropriate behaviour in public places and along the National Highway and evacuated them at Nute Kailhang where the mobile testing team of District Hospital Kangpokpi conducted COVID-19 tests.

Around 110 individuals who violated Covid appropriate behaviour were tested and one individual from Gopibung, a passenger vehicle driver who came to Kangpokpi town for ferrying essential commodities was tested COVID-19 positive.

The medical team assisted by Kangpokpi police evacuated the positive patient to his residence at Gopibung for home isolation while the Covid task force Parsain and Kangpokpi Police sealed the residence.

Speaking to the media, Covid task force Kangpokpi chairman, Haolet Khongsai said that random mass testing shall continue in the town in collaboration with the medical department and Kangpokpi police. 

He appreciated the mobile testing team of District Hospital Kangpokpi led by Dr Paotinlal Haokip, medical superintendent of District Hospital Kangpokpi and Kangpokpi police led by its officer-in-charge, inspector Henminthang Kipgen for their commitment and dedication towards the safety of the town.

First Published:June 1, 2021, 10:17 p.m.

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