Imphal: In addition to the mandatory RT-PCR, TrueNAT and CD-NAAT for COVID-19 testing, the Manipur government has now announced that reports of Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) taken within 72 hours will also be valid for people entering the state.

“Rapid Antigen Test (RAT) declared within the past 72 hours before arrival in Manipur shall also be accepted from incoming persons, coming by air or road, along with RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CB-NAAT COVID-19 test reports,” said Soiminlian Lengen, deputy secretary (health and family welfare), in a release.

The state government has also allowed persons belonging to Manipur who have to undergo emergency travel due to medical or other exigencies to be exempted from producing a valid COVID-19 test report at the time of entry as a special case.

However, according to the health department, such persons under ‘special case’ who gain entry to the state with a COVID-19 test report shall be tested at the state’s entry points.

Prior information of such travel shall be given through the COVID-19 Control Room helpline number 1800-345-3818 so that necessary arrangements can be made, it added.

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Amid a surge of COVID-19 cases in the state, the government has made it mandatory for all visitors entering the state to produce a RT-PCR/TrueNAT/CB-NAAT negative report for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours, from April 18 onwards.

So far, a total of 4,046 air passengers arriving in the state have been tested for COVID-19 at Imphal Airport, of which 86 were found to be infected with the coronavirus.

With 92 new cases, including four personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), reported in the state on Wednesday, the total active cases have now shot up to 453.

Two more people who got infected with COVID-19 reportedly succumbed to the virus, taking the total fatality count to 380 in the state.

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