Imphal: The effective enforcement of lockdown in Manipur has helped contain the spread of COVID-19 in the state. The additional director (MD) and spokesperson for the state health department, Dr Kh Sasheekumar Mangang, says the positivity rate of COVID-19 cases stands at 0.64 per cent. This growth rate of the virus indicated that there is no community transmission in the state till date, he added in a statement.
Manipur has so far reported two confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus. A 23-year-old from Imphal West with a travel history to London tested positive on March 24. The second case was reported from Lilong area in Thoubal district, where a 65-year-old who had returned from Delhi’s Nizamuddin Tablighi Jamaat congregation tested positive last month.
On April 12, the first patient who was treated at the isolation ward of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital recovered and was discharged following negative tests. The state now has only one active COVID-19 patient undergoing treatment at the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital.
The state government claims that thorough contact tracing was carried out in Lilong, the town where the second case was reported. They, however, have not shared the exact number of people tested for COVID-19 in that area. The state government till April 17, has tested in 311 people for coronavirus with two positive cases.
There is fear that this scenario might quickly change for the worse once the lockdown is relaxed. The resumption of travel will allow people stranded in hotspots to return home. Transmission might occur once people who have returned from metro cities under red zone category start mixing with people in the state. A comprehensive strategy to handle people who are arriving with proper quarantine and social distancing will help stem the spread of the virus.