Manipur to discontinue COVID-19 testing of passengers flying into state
Manipur will discontinue coronavirus testing from Friday for its incoming air passengers at the Imphal International Airport, said officials.
V Vumlunmang- Principal Secretary (Health and Family Welfare) in an order on Thursday said that the thermal screening surveillance will be made more vigorous all by increasing the number of counters at the airport from one to four.
He added that the COVID-19 testing will be done for all symptomatic persons and any traveller with a history of contact with a COVID-19 positive person.
This decision by the COVID task force was taken during the meeting on December 14, the order said. Additionally, the percentage of air passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 has reduced to about 1%. Even targeted testing is not considered essential when the positivity rate is below 2%.
Due to a decline in active COVID-19 cases in Manipur, the state authority has decided to shut down six Covid Care Centres (CCC) opened in five districts.
In the last two days, the total number of coronavirus active cases in Manipur fell below the 2,000 mark, taking the state’s total active cases tally to 1,872. “No. of Covid positive in the state is decreasing day by day, earlier it was above 3000/3300 but since 2/3 days, positive no has been decreased below 2000/. Thank God. My dear friends please follow SOP strictly and take more care. Let’s bring down to 0 (Nil),” wrote CM N Biren on a Facebook post on Thursday.
As of Thursday, Manipur’s total number of COVID-19 cases is 27,454 while the total number of recovered cases is 25,250. The recovery rate of the state stands at 91.97%. There have been 332 coronavirus deaths in the state.