Ukhrul: Three persons have been detected as COVID-19 positive after completion of their home quarantine period in Ukhrul district. Ironically, they had earlier tested negative while at the quarantine center.
They were among the 32 persons, all returnees from other states, from Hungpung village whose samples got retested after they came in contact with a 21-year-old girl who was found tested positive on the day she left for home quarantine on July 5.
The Mumbai returnee girl was sent for home before her test result came out after staying at the quarantine center for at least 41 days.
The district administration immediately sealed the village quarantine center, where the girl had stayed, and the whole Dungrei area in the village, which comprised of 10 localities, has been put under containment zone with strict restrictions since July 7.
Of the 32 samples recollected, three of them got tested positive and the remaining were turned out to be negative on Saturday. The positive persons have been shifted to COVID-19 Care Center for further observation, said district surveillance officer Dr Pamyaphy Grace Horam.
Intensive contact tracing is already in place since the newly tested COVID-19 positive persons have been at home for at least two weeks after they completed their quarantine period, said Dr Horam.
According to the medical official, necessary measures like containment at the area will continue and if require, residents of Dungrei area will all have to undergo swab test.
Meanwhile, additional health director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang said that there is no community transmission in the state so far.
“Positive phenomenon after quarantine happens due to dead viruses just like dead eggs do not hatch chicken. But of course, we need further observations,” said Dr Mangang.
At present, Manipur has recorded a total of 1,609 confirmed cases for COVID-19, of which active cases are 713 and 896 are recovered.