Imphal, March 24
First COVID-19 case was confirmed today in Manipur today early morning. According to a test report which was issued by Department of Microbiology, JNIMS, the patient from an area in Imphal West is under isolation at JNIMS as soon as the result of the test return positive.
According to a source from JNIMS, treatment for the patient has already started as soon as the result came positive for COVID-19 and as of now the condition of the patient is in stable condition. This is the first serological test being done and a test remains to be done, wherein samples are sent to Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). It is worth mentioning that a case was detected in Assam where a 4 and half years old was said to be positive but later on results coming from ICMR turns out to be negative.
After the patient which has a travel history of returning from the UK to Imphal via Kolkata on 21st March came positive, the whole locality of the patient has been put under strict lockdown by the Police. Authorities of Imphal West and East have clamped Curfew in whole of the twin district from today morning. Further, contact tracing is in progress for anyone who was in contact with the said patient.
A press release by the Directorate of Health Services, Manipur appeal anyone whoever was in contact with the patient to inform the said Directorate at Phone numbers 9402880191, 0385 2411668 or 18003453818 and to start self isolation immediately.
Social Media is abuzz with this whole new development and users are starting to troll the patient, questioning about her decision to hide the facts and travelling back to Imphal. Also, questions are being asked, how come a positive individual managed to escape the scanning facilities at the airport and other entry points.
Team Imphal Times would like to appeal to everyone to stay at their home and to not believe any rumours whichever is being circulated on Social Media.
10:40 am : Different localities in Greater Imphal started locking down their locality voluntarily.
11:10 am : Curfew imposed in whole of Thoubal District with immediate effect.
11:55 am : It has been confirmed that the positive patient came to Imphal through Air-route. Information about the patient coming to Imphal by land route via Guwahati to Imphal by Bus is false.