Imphal: Another three more persons, including one woman, have tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, taking the total number of confirmed cases in the state to 32.
With the new cases, there are a total of 28 active COVID-19 cases under close monitoring by health experts. Four patients have already been discharged from the hospitals after they were declared free from the virus.
A 32-year-old man and a 25-year-old woman from Jiribam and Thoubal districts, respectively, tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) late on Saturday night. They have been admitted at COVID-19 Care Center in Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital, said additional director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang.
However, whether the two patients were among the group of returnees from metro cities are yet to be known till the time of filing this report.
The third new case was detected from Churachandpur district on Saturday night. The 18-year-old youth had recently returned from Chennai by train. He is now admitted at COVID-19 Care Center at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital for treatment, Dr Mangang said.
Of the eight districts, out of 16, that got affected by COVID-19 in Manipur, Churachandpur has the highest number of positive cases with 17 patients.
Considering the sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in Manipur since the first fresh case was detected on May 13, the government has now tightened up steps to control the outbreak of the pandemic in the state.
As per the latest development, those returnees from abroad and other parts of the country must adhere to strict 14 days’ quarantine period, failing which will land up in jail.
In total, nine special trains have arrived at Jiribam in Manipur with latest train from Pune arriving on Sunday.
Three more trains from Mumbai, Chennai and Delhi are home bound to Manipur carrying more than 2,000 stranded residents, including students and migrant workers.
As per official data, over 13,000 stranded persons have arrived in Manipur from various parts of the country by special trains and hired vehicles.