Manipur University staff tests positive for COVID-19

According to an order issued by the Manipur University to prevent further spreading, employees of the university or individual or visitors are restricted from entering the MU administration block untill further notice

An employee of the Manipur University has tested positive for COVID-19, official sources said on Thursday.

The swab test result of the patient, who hails from Thoubal Moijing, came late Wednesday. He has been shifted to RIMS COVID Care Centre

Contact tracing of the Manipur University staff and test sample of all the staff who were in contact with the COVID-19 positive patient will be collected for testing, an official of the Manipur University told the Imphal Free Press on Thursday..

The patient's father is an employee of the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Imphal.

According to an order issued by the Manipur University to prevent further spreading, employees of the university or individual or visitors are restricted from entering the MU administration block untill further notice.

However, one or two officer for each section and one staff of the block are allowed to attend the administration office for urgent work.

Responding to the developing situation in the varsity, the COVID-19 task force of MU convened a meeting on Thursday. It took various recommendations in order to prevent the further spread of COVID-19 in the university.

As per the meeting, all the staff of the faculty section shall be tested for COVID-19 immediately and for quick results, the staff are advised to do the tests at Babina Diagnostics with help from the medical officer of the university. The committee also recommended for reimbursement of the charges to be incurred in the test by the university.

The meeting a resolved to close down the administration block for 14 days. It was recommended that all the staff of the administrative building as well as those who were in direct contact with the employee who tested positive should be home quarantined for at least 14 days.

The meeting also recommended closing down the campus for some period and ordering mass testing if the number of positive cases increases in the campus.

First Published: July 23, 2020, 3:43 p.m.