Imphal: Manipur witnessed the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in a single day on Wednesday after five more women tested positive late in the night, in addition to the 11 previous cases of the day.
They are now admitted at the COVID-19 care facility at Churachandpur district hospital and are in stable condition, said additional director Dr K Susheekumar Mangang.
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases has risen to 25, of which 23 are active cases and two already discharged from hospital after being declared free from the virus.
Of the 23 active COVID-19 positive cases, at least 15 of them are from Churachandpur district, including the latest five cases, and they belong to the group of people who returned from Chennai by train on May 14.
A 23-day-old baby boy along with his mother were also among the 16 persons who tested COVID-19 positive on Wednesday.
As per the health official, a total of 405 samples were tested at Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDLs) at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal on Wednesday, of which 16 tested COVId-19 positive.
Owing to the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, the government has initiated all possible control for containment and contact tracing of the patients, the official said.
Moreover, assuring the citizens not to panic with the latest development, Dr Mangang informed that the treatment facilities for COVID-19 at JNIMS and RIMS hospitals are now fully ready to face any eventualities.
Also, considering the increasing number of COVID-19 cases among the returnees in Manipur, the state government has decided to segregate the returnees from other inmates at the quarantine centres.
So far, over 10,000 people have been brought home by the state government from different parts of the country either by trains or private hired vehicles.