Imphal: With a surge in cases in Manipur, the health department has scaled up testing facilities across the state to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

The government on Thursday launched mass testing drives in three districts of the state — Thoubal, Chandel and Tengnoupal — and tested over 500 persons, including lockdown violators

In Thoubal, the police and the district health society conducted a COVID-19 testing drive for lockdown violators at Yairipok Lamkhai. A total of 100 persons were tested, of which 17 were found to be positive for COVID-19.

In Chandel, a similar drive was carried out by the police and the medical team at markets under the supervision of the SP and chief medical officer. As many as 220 persons underwent testing during the random mass testing drive, of which 20 persons, including 11 women, were found to be infected with the virus.

Similarly, at Moreh Bazar in Tengnoupal district, the police and the medical team is undertaking a mass testing drive to detect COVID-19 cases. On the first day of random testing, of the 198 persons tested, two were found to be positive for COVID-19.

In all, 39 people were found to be infected with the novel coronavirus during the random testing drive in the three districts combined on Thursday.

Earlier, chief minister N Biren Singh launched an aggressive mass COVID-19 testing drive in Imphal West district with the aim of early detection and early medication to flatten the COVID-19 curve in the state.

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Meanwhile, the state continued to witness a surge in daily cases as 621 more people tested positive for the virus. Ten more deaths were reported due to COVID-19 complications on Thursday.

With the new cases, the total COVID-19 caseload in the state has reached 52,899, as of Thursday evening. The total number of active cases rose to 8,863 while the cumulative number of recovered cases is 43,187. With this, the recovery rate stood at 81.64 %.

Also, the total number of deaths duet to COVID-19 in the state has gone up to 849.



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