JNIMS closed after 16 staff test positive for COVID-19

Sample testing of COVID-19 and intake of COVID positive patients will continue, the director said.

The Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal has been closed for three days from Thursday after 16 staff tested positive for COVID-19.

The 16 positive cases, including 14 doctors and two technicians tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday.

Prof. Th. Bhimo Singh, director JNIMS said the hospital will close down the OPD, casualty ward and stop taking new non-COVID patients.

He said during this three days period sanitisation, fumigation and contact tracing of all the healthcare professionals will be carried out. However, the sample testing of COVID-19 and intake of COVID positive patients will continue, he said.

JNIMS is one of the main COVID-19 hospitals in the state, housing COVID-19 patients and also conducting tests. At present around 157 COVID-19 patients are undergoing in two COVID Care Centre of the hospital.

It is learned that 107 doctors and staff of JNIMS have tested positive so far.

Meanwhile, the cumulative number of positive cases in Manipur reached 16,276, including 2,686 Central Security personnel, as a total of 214 more people were confirmed new COVID-19 positive cases, while three more deaths pushed the death toll to 124 on Wednesday, according to the state health department.

First Published:Oct. 21, 2020, 9:44 p.m.

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