Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Credit: File image

Imphal: Following reports of Manipur’s first COVID-19 patient recovering from the deadly virus, chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday, while acknowledging the hard work put in by the medical team of JNIMS Hospital in Imphal, announced a monetary reward of Rs 35 lakh to the team.

Singh expressed his satisfaction to the dedicated team of JNIMS comprising doctors, nurses and other staffers that treated the 23-year-old girl, the first COVID-19 patient in the state.

On April 6, the girl, a resident of Imphal West, was declared free from the virus after she tested negative twice for COVID-19, as per health minister L Jayantakumar Singh.

The girl, who has a travel history to London, has became the first cured person from coronavirus in Northeast India.

In a televised interview, Singh also assured befitting rewards to all the frontline workers, including health professionals, police, CSOs and other organisations engaged in the battle against COVID-19 in the state.

With the current health scenario in the country and the state, the lockdown is likely be extended by a few more days as the deadly virus, according to Singh, is a silent killer that has already affected close to 6,000 people and 166 deaths in the country so far.

While talking about the preparedness and measures against COVID-19 in the state, Singh said that the state has already received four consignments of medical equipment from the health ministry through air cargo, with the latest one arriving on April 6.

At present, Manipur has enough medical stock to contain the novel coronavirus, informed Singh.

Altogether, as per the chief minister, the state has over 1.45 lakh masks with three layers, 22,000 N95 masks for those medical workers treating COVID-19 patients, 17,000 gloves and 8,519 PPEs, among other medical equipment.

Singh also expressed gratitude to the public for following the government advisories during the ongoing lockdown.

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