The total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur now stands at 26 Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: One more person i Manipur has tested positive for COVID-19, taking the total confirmed cases in the state to 26.

With this, Manipur has a total of 24 active COVID-19 cases after two patients were discharged from hospital after being declared free from the virus.

The 22-year-old man from Bishnupur district had recently returned from Delhi by bus and, after complaining symptoms of stuffy nose, he was tested at the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, said additional director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang.

He has been admitted in the COVID care facility at RIMS Hospital for treatment, he said.

All necessary measures like containment and contact tracing has been initiated to avoid further transmission in Manipur since the state has witnessed rapid spurt of the virus in just a few days, mostly occurring among the stranded people who had returned home from various cities.

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On Wednesday, a 23-day-old bay boy from Churachandpur district tested COVID-19 positive along with 15 others, making him the youngest coronavirus patient in the state.

Earlier, a mother-daughter duo from Kamjong district who were also among the group of people returning from Delhi by bus tested positive for COVID-19.

However, whether the latest COVID-19 patient travelled in the same bus with them is yet to be ascertained till the time of filing this report.

Considering the sudden spike of COVID-19 cases in Manipur, the state government has decided to increase the testing capacity to 1,500 per day and at least 16 sample collection centers have been identified in the state.

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So far, more than 10,000 stranded people outside Manipur have arrived in the state either by the Indian Railways’ special trains or hired vehicles by road.

In a push to evacuate the stranded citizens across the country, Manipur is expecting at least 15 trains to ferry the passengers in the first phase and so far, eight trains have already reached Jiribam.

As per reports, over 47,000 people from the state are residing in various metro cities.

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