Manipur is now free from COVID-19 virus

Imphal: A 65-year-old man, the second COVID-19 patient in Manipur, was discharged from the hospital on Tuesday evening after testing negative for novel coronavirus.

“The second COVID-19 patient of the state, after being negative on two consecutive tests and being improved in his diabetic status, was discharged from Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital today,” additional director and health department spokesperson Dr Kh Sasheekumar Mangang said in a statement.

The patient will continue to be monitored to avoid future health complications related to novel coronavirus. Manipur now has no active COVID-19 cases in the state.

A resident of Lilong area in Thoubal district, the patient, who was undergoing treatment for coronavirus at RIMS Hospital first tested negative on April 18.

Ten persons, including the male patient, from Manipur, attended the Tablighi Jamaat religious congregation in Delhi’s Nizamuddin West last month, however, the other nine persons tested negative for COVID-19.

On April 12, the state’s first patient for coronavirus, a 23-year-old girl with a travel history to the UK, was discharged from the hospital after she was declared free from the virus by doctors treated her at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal.

The government has taken up a slew of measures, including sealing of border points with Myanmar, inter-state borders and closure of Ima Keithel (Mothers’ Market) in Imphal among others, to stem the spread of the deadly virus in the state.

As on April 21, the state health department has screened as many as 1,93,633 incoming passengers, including 6526 truck drivers and handymen, at various entry points in the state.

Altogether, 368 samples have been tested out of which, two had tested COVID-19 positive in the state.

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