There are at least 6,000 samples waiting to be tested in the state. The backlog will take a week to be cleared says the health ministry
Imphal: The Manipur government has clarified that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in the state. Additional director of public health, Manipur, Dr L Arke Singh on Tuesday informed that there is no community transmission and the state government is doing everything to control the spread of COVID-19.
Reports of five frontline workers, including two medical officers, testing positive for the virus in Bishnupur and Churachandpur districts on Monday triggered panic among people.
“It is true that healthcare workers tested positive for the virus after being exposed to COVID-19 patients. But there are lots of patients undergoing treatment at RIMS and JNIMS, but not a single healthcare worker is being affected in these hospitals till date,” said Dr Arke.
Currently, there are at least 6,000 samples awaiting testing in the state. This backlog will be cleared within one week assures the health ministry.
Dr Arke blames those flouting norms at quarantine centre for the surge in cases. “We are aware that many people at the quarantine centres are being exposed to the virus and testing positive; however, most of them are not following protocols laid out by the government,” says Dr Arke.
In terms of sampling collection and testing, Dr Arke said that testing capacity at JNIMS and RIMS is scaled up to test 2000 to 2,300 samples in a day.
On Monday, of the 2,343 samples tested, 1,221 were tested at VRDL at RIMS and another 1,122 at VRDL at JNIMS.
And so far, as many as 38,286 samples have already tested, in which 898 cases are confirmed positive for COVID-19, according to state surveillance officer Dr L Tomcha Khuman.
A total of 648 cases are active, and 250 have recovered.
Meanwhile, with 105 cases, Tamenglong has surpassed Churachandpur (102) as the district with the highest number of cases in the state.
Jiribam district has the least number of confirmed COVID-19 cases.