The co-passengers of the Air Asia flight in which the 23-year-old student, who tested positive for COVID-19, travelled with are under strict and active surveillance by the government, told Health Services Director K Rajo while interacting with few media persons Wednesday at his office.
While it is said that around 160 passengers were on board the flight from Kolkata that landed in Imphal on March 21, Rajo intimated that as many as 34 passengers are being quarantined at the centre set up at UNACCO, Meitram for the Imphal West district.
As per reports received by 2 pm Wednesday, he informed that altogether 17 passengers are being quarantined in the centre set up at TB Centre at Keirao-Wangkhem. 10 passengers have been quarantined in Bishnupur district while in Churachandpur district, 11 passengers have been quarantined and kept under observation, added the health services director.
The health services director asserted that the COVID-19 positive girl is in safe condition. While noting that the only major challenge in combating the COVID-19 is spreading of rumours, he assured that the situation will be gradually controlled and nobody will be badly affected.
He maintained that the government is taking up all possible measures to contain the disease in the state. The locality of the girl was also fumigated and disinfected, he said adding that RIMS and JNIMS are also ready to spare more ICU beds if the situation demands.
Rajo also intimated that a common control room for combating COVID-19 has also been set up at the Darshan Hall, CM Secretariat. The control room may be reached at 1800-345-3818 and required information may be sought from the number or by contacting the district surveillance officers, stated the health services director. Rajo asserted that tests to confirm COVID-19 infection will not be conducted to an individual if he/she has not shown any signs or symptoms and has not travelled to the affected countries as per guidelines given by Indian Council of Medical Research and ministry of health and family welfare.