Tamenglong: COVID-19 positive cases climb to five

Chief medical officer Tamenglong Dr Chambo Gonmei urged everyone not to discriminate against COVID-19 positive patients but give support and comfort them.

With the rise of COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur, at least five positive cases of COVID-19 were detected from among the returnees coming back to Tamenglong. 

The first two positive cases came from Chennai on May 22 by train and they were detected at Jiribam railway station screening point. They were immediately shifted to Bishnupur district isolation ward. 

Another two positive cases were found at a Community Quarantine Centre at Eklevya Model Residential School (EMRS) Tamenglong and they were immediately shifted to RIMS Imphal on Thursday.  

They came from Chennai and reached Tamenglong on May 24. Their tests were conducted on May 26. However some of the results were reportedly declared after nine days on June 3. Due to late result, the 16 roommates now face the risk of becoming positive and they have been immediately shifted to quarantine centre at JNV Tamenglong by district task force.

The fifth COVID-19 positive is a girl who returned from Delhi on May 27. She was staying at NIT Imphal quarantine centre and her test results were declared today afternoon. 

According to the information available from COVID-19 control room, at least 792 samples were collected and 428, including two positive results were received. Many samples were reportedly kept pending at Imphal. Many more samples are yet to be collected, sources said.

Chief medical officer Tamenglong Dr Chambo Gonmei told Imphal Free Press that the district administration is giving its best efforts for the safety of all returnees and the general public in particular. He appealed to all the inmates of the quarantine centres to properly maintain the protocol laid down to prevent themselves from infection.

“They should maintain proper discipline; no mass gathering; keep social distancing, no enjoyment activities, etc. They should rather assume and suspect that they are COVID-19 positive to become extra careful,” he said.    

They should not call their families and exchange anything while staying at the quarantine centre, he appealed. They should be more concerned and alert and take bath frequently and wear masks," Dr Chambo added. 

The CMO also urged everyone not to discriminate against COVID-19 positive patients but give support and comfort them. 

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First Published:June 4, 2020, 11:25 p.m.