Imphal: Manipur government has stepped up and upgraded its fight against COVID-19 by deciding to carry out a 100% test for coronavirus of all those stranded persons who returned from different parts of the country.
The latest development came after Manipur witnessed seven active COVID-19 positive cases within a span of one week, taking the total number of coronavirus cases in the state to nine.
All the seven active COVID-19 positive patients recently returned from metro cities after the state government initiated to bring back the stranded residents either by train or private hired vehicles amid the lockdown.
As per official reports, sample collection teams have been established in all the 16 districts. Two nodal officers — Dr Meena Seram and Dr N Somorjit — have been appointed to oversee the COVID-19 testing and allocation of VRDL labs for the districts.
Meanwhile, all the deputy commissioners of the districts have been advised to arrange sample collection by proper utilisation of the team in coordination with district chief medical officers on a daily basis.
So far, at least six special trains have reached Manipur to ferry the stranded persons from the state from various cities of the country.
The latest train arrived from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday morning with 484 passengers from the state.
A total of over 10,000 stranded persons who have arrived in the state both from neighbouring Northeast states and various metro cities either by trains or hired vehicles are being kept at the institutional quarantine centres in their respective districts.
Only those returnees who tested negative for COVID-19 are allowed to go for home quarantine, reports said.
The state government has also suspended the issuance of fresh permits for stranded persons who wish to return home by their own vehicle or hired buses as precautionary steps for tackling the spread of COVID-19 in the state.
However, those who have already hit the highway prior to the new announcement would be allowed to enter the state during the entry hour, reports said.
As per reports, more than 46,000 residents from Manipur are staying outside the state and now stranded owing to the ongoing nationwide lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.