Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh

Imphal: Manipur government is aiming to scale up its COVID-19 testing capacity to keep coronavirus at bay in the state, said senior officials.

Although Manipur is now COVID-19 free — after the two patients were cured — the state government is eyeing to ramp up the testing strategy as part of its preparedness for the worst case scenario and also to know the true infection prevalence in the state, the officials added.

As on Tuesday at 6 pm, a total of 608 people were tested for COVID-19 and 2,00,515 people were screened for novel coronavirus in Manipur, as per the status report issued by state surveillance officer Dr L Tomcha Khuman of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP).

Since the 65-year-old man from Lilong area, the last patient, was discharged on April 21 from the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), no fresh case for COVID-19 has been reported in the state so far.

Currently, Manipur has a total number of 126 isolation beds to treat COVID-19 infections in the two COVID-19 designated hospitals — JNIMS and RIMS — in Imphal.

Meanwhile, the urgency to evacuate the stranded people from Manipur staying outside the state due to lockdown was discussed during a COVID-19 review meeting chaired by chief secretary J Suresh Babu along with director general of police LM Khaute and administrative secretaries in Imphal.

According to the chief secretary, more personnel for taking swabs or operating the testing equipment need to be trained and to increase manpower to fight against the deadly virus.

The chief secretary further said that the procurement of additional equipment for COVID-19 treatment if required can be process after taking an approval from chief minister N Biren Singh.

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