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COVID-19 positive case in Manipur reaches 2; CM appeals not to panic

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Imphal, April 2

The number of positive COVID-19 case reached 2 here in the state of Manipur with a person from Lilong area tested positive today. 10 (ten) persons who have attended the religious congregation held at Nizamuddin area in Delhi from March 12 to March 15 have come up voluntarily after report about people attending the gathering spread across the country with 6 people died in Talengana and as many as 200 of them including 13 from Assam tested positive till yesterday.

“We have received report from the Union Home Ministry saying that 105 persons from the state of Manipur have attended the gathering or were passing close to the place, but on further investigation we have learnt that 10 people who have joined the gathering have returned and 35 identified persons are staying outside”, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh said in a recorded message sent to media houses.

He further said that among the 10 people two are suspected and when tested one among the two who is at JNIMS tested negative. The other 8 have also been tested negative however, they will be kept in quarantine as the window period is 14 days minimum.

“When we found our 23 years old girl tested positive we were worried but after confirming that there was no community transmission from her as all her family members are tested negative we were somewhat relieved as her health was improving”. The Chief Minister said that when the report about the  religious congregation held at Nizamuddin area in Delhi reached with report about many people from Manipur attending the mass prayer we were worried”. He further added that all the family members of the second COVID-19 positive case have been brought for quarantine at RIMS. Besides, the authority concerned is taking history of the patient to make sure that that virus didn’t go out.   

The Chief Minister appealed the people to follow the social distancing by staying at home assuring the people that no person will remain hungry during the total locked down call.

“We will make every effort to make sure that each family get minimum food supply”, the Chief Minister assured. 

Meanwhile, following the report of one person from Lilong area tested COVID -19 positive on April, the district administration had contained the area under the Manipur Epidemic Disease, COVID -19 Regulations 2020.

In an order issued by the Thoubal district Deputy Commissioner, N. Bandana Devi, the geographical area of Lilong in Thoubal district has been shielded. All entry and exit had been restricted at the containment area. No individual including vehicular movement has also been banned and schools, offices and public gathering of any type have also been totally banned.   

On the other hand a shocking post uploaded at Social networking site Facebook said that the affected person had admitted at a private hospital before he came for testing at RIMS. He reportedly stayed at the hospital from March 20 and discharged on March 22. The matter is however yet to be confirm.

Rinku Khumukcham

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