Arriving passengers in Manipur
Arriving passengers in Manipur |Representational image

Manipur: Returnees no longer to be quarantined if tested COVID negative

Those found negative for COVID-19 upon arrival in state would not be kept in quarantine centres anymore, says chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar

Vangamla Salle K S

Vangamla Salle K S

Imphal: Persons arriving in Manipur will no longer be put into institutional quarantine centres if they test negative for COVID-19. Earlier, every returnee or arriving passengers in the state was to undergo 14 days' mandatory quarantine at various institutional quarantine centres as a precautionary measure.

On Wednesday, the state government issued a new set of standard operating procedures (SoPs) for persons arriving in the state.

Those found negative on COVID-19 testing would be sent home with an advice to follow all the pandemic preventive measures like wearing of masks, frequent washing of hands with soap and water and maintaining social distance ,etc, said chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar in a statement.

Moreover, those persons found negative on COVID-19 testing would not be detained in quarantine centers.

The state government has also directed all the district chief medical officers (CMOs) to ensure immediate testing of those returnees or arriving persons in the state.

Meanwhile, Manipur has reported another COVID-19 related-death in the last 24 hours in the state with a 65-year-old woman from Imphal West succumbing to the virus at JNIMS Hospital in Imphal.

With this, the state has reported 25 deaths due to the virus so far.

Another 141 persons, including 25 personnel from the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF), were found positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.

Of the 116 new cases from the general population, only two persons from Noney district are returnees and the remaining 114 do not have travel history to other states, said additional health director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang.

The latest fresh cases are from Imphal West (57), Imphal East (32), Thoubal (14), Bishnupur (4), Churachandpur (3), Kakching (1), Senapati (1), Noney (1) and Kangpokpi (1). All of them have been shifted to COVID-19 care centers for further observation, he said.

The cumulative number of confirmed cases for coronavirus in the state is 5,585, of which 3,829 have recovered and 1,731 are active.

With 17 more infected persons getting discharged, the recovery rate, as on August 26, is 68.55%.

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