Manipur now has no active COVID-19 cases Credit: Representational image

Imphal: Following the 65-year-old man, the second COVID-19 patient of Manipur, testing negative for the second mandatory test on Monday, the state is now free from the coronavirus, say health officials.

However, the patient, who is currently undergoing treatment at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, will remain in the hospital for a few more days for observation as he is diabetic, officials added.

With this latest medical development, Manipur now has no active COVID-19 case in the state.

Once his diabetic status is clear, doctors treating him will decide if the patient is fit to be discharged from the hospital.

A resident of Lilong area in Thoubal district, the patient was admitted at RIMS Hospital on April 19 after he was confirmed for COVID-19 aka novel coronavirus.

Ten persons, including the patient, from Manipur attended the religious congregation of Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz last month, however, the other nine persons tested negative for COVID-19.

On April 12, the state’s first patient for coronavirus, a 23-year-old girl with a travel history to the UK, was discharged from the hospital after she was declared free from the virus by doctors treated her at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal.

The government has taken up slew of measures, including sealing of border points with Myanmar, inter-state borders and closure of Ima Keithel (mothers’ market) in Imphal, among others, to stem the spread of the deadly virus in the state.

As on April 20, the state health department has screened as many as 1,93,208 incoming passengers, including 6084 truck drivers and handymen, at various entry points in the state.

Altogether, 364 samples have been tested, out of which two tested COVID-19 positive in the state.

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