The 23-year-old girl will have to undergo another test after completing 14 days of home quarantine, say officials

Imphal: In what may be come as a significant step in the fight against COVID-19, Manipur’s first patient who tested positive for novel coronavirus — a 23-year-old girl from Imphal West — was discharged from hospital after she was declared free of the virus.

The patient — identified as Vimi Ningombam — was undergoing treatment for novel coronavirus at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal after she was diagnosed with the deadly virus last month.

The girl, who had a travel history to London, is now fully cured from the virus, said officials. However, she will be put under home quarantine for another 14 days from the day of her discharge as a precautionary measure, stated COVID-19 Common Control Room in a release.

As per official reports, the girl will have to undergo one more test after completing her 14 days’ home quarantine to prevent any possibility of recurring of the disease.

The decision to discharge the patient was taken after a meeting of JNIMS COVID-19 treatment core committee held a meeting with IDSP team of the state government early on Sunday.

The girl’s family members, especially her father, were counseled by a team led by the state surveillance officer and the guidelines for home quarantine were also handed over to them, the release said.

With this latest medical development, Manipur has now only one active COVID-19 patient — the 65-year-old man linked with Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz religious congregation — who is currently undergoing treatment at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in state capital Imphal.

Acknowledging the hard work put in by the medical team of JNIMS Hospital, chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday announced a monetary reward of Rs 35 lakh to the team.

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