Manipur has reported 27 COVID-19 cases so far Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: A 26-year-old man from Imphal West district tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur on Friday night, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 27.

There are now 25 active cases of the novel coronavirus in Manipur, after two were earlier discharged from hospital.

According to additional director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang, the latest patient belonged to the group of passengers who returned from Chennai on May 13. His sample was taken after he complained of stuffy nose and mild cough on May 19.

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A total of 112 samples were tested at the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal on Saturday night, of which one tested positive for COVID-19, Dr Mangang said.

The patient has been admitted in the COVID-19 Care facility at RIMS, he said.

All necessary control measures like containment and contact tracing has been initiated to avoid further transmission in Manipur.

With the rapid spurt of the virus in just a few days, mostly occurring in the group of stranded people who returned home from various cities, the state government has tightened up various measures, including quarantine centre protocols.

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Speaking to media persons on Friday, chief minister N Biren Singh informed that those coming from other parts of the country and abroad must adhere to the 14 days’ quarantine period, failing which they can land up in jail.

Those returnees violating the quarantine protocol will be prosecuted under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005, Sindh said.

So far, at least nine special trains have arrived at Jiribam in Manipur to ferry the stranded citizens from metro cities amid lockdown.

Since its initial evacuation drive by the state government, over 12,000 stranded Manipur natives have arrived in the state either by special trains or hired vehicles.

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