Manipur introducing home isolation for very mild, asymptomatic COVID-19 cases: Health department

Pregnant women and minors (below 10 years) who are asymptomatic will be considered on priority, the health department stated.

The Manipur Health Department on Sunday said that the state is introducing home isolation for very mild/asymptomatic COVID-19 cases.

“Majority of COVID-19 positive persons do not show symptoms or show only very mild symptoms. Such persons do not require hospital care. The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued Revised Guidelines for Home Isolation of every mild or pre symptomatic or asymptomatic covid-19 cases on July 2, 2020. Many states have adopted the guidelines. Our state is introducing home isolation of very mild/asymptomatic covid-19 cases,” Additional director and spokesperson of the state health department Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang stated in a release.

Dr Mangang stated that pregnant women and minors (below 10 years) who are asymptomatic will be considered on priority. Health Department will provide Oximeter (returnable) and other consumables like mask, gloves and hydrochloride solutions, he stated.

“A medical team constituted by the Chief Medical Officer will examine the case for eligibility. Eligible and willing cases will be allowed home isolation. Pregnant women and minors (below 10 years) who are asymptomatic will be considered on priority. Health Department will provide Oximeter (returnable) and other consumables like mask, gloves and hydrochloride solutions. Home isolation will be for 14 days. a medical team will monitor the health status of the cases by phone daily, the cases and family members will be tested by RT PCR at the end of home isolation. Home isolation is an optional arrangement for the very mild/pre symptomatic or asymptomatic COVID-19 positive cases,” Dr Mangang added.

On Sunday, the state's COVID-19 tally rose to 4,569 as 179 more persons, including 111 security personnel, tested positive for the novel coronavirus in the last 24 hours, a release issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room stated.

Of the new positive cases, 68 persons, including 42 males and 26 females, are from general population and 111 are Central Armed police Force (CAPF) personnel, The general positive cases included 47 are from Imphal West, nine from Imphal East, four from Thoubal, three from Ukhrul, two each from Senapati and Noney, and one from Kangpokpi.

Eight of them - two each from Noney and Ukhrul, one each from Imphal East, Imphal West, Senapati, and Kangpokpi - are returnees from other states and the rest 60 are locals without any significant travel history, it stated.

While the state reported three COVID-19 related deaths on Sunday, taking the total toll to 16, a total of 194 persons were discharged in the last 24 hours after they were found COVID-19 free from RT PCR test.

“Today, three males aged 73 years (Imphal West, 44 years BSF Personnel) and 94 years (Thoubal district) expired at JNIMS and RIMS (Two persons) respectively due to COVID-19 and other co-morbid health conditions,” the release stated.

Out of the cumulative number of 4,569 positive cases, 3,377 are from the general population and 1,192 are from Central Security Personnel. The cumulative number of discharged cases is 2,632 out of which 2,385 are from the general population and 247 are from Central Security Personnel.

The number of active cases is 1,921 out of which 977 are from the general population and 944 from Central Security Personnel. The recovery rate is 57.60 per cent, the release added.

First Published:Aug. 16, 2020, 8:17 p.m.