A lockdown was clamped in the country from March 25 till May 31, affecting the economy badly.

Imphal: Manipur has so far recorded 39 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus, of which 35 are active. Churachandpur has the highest number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state with 18 active cases.

According to district surveillance officer Dr Ngahneikim Haokip, of the total number of novel coronavirus cases in Churachandpur, 17 patients returned from Chennai and the remaining one came back from Guwahati in neighbouring Assam.

A total of 25 COVID-19 positive patients are currently admitted at the COVID-19 care facility at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Porompat, Imphal, as per sources.

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Another 10 active cases are kept at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) Hospital for observation, whereas the remaining patient is at the isolation facility of the district hospital in Churachandpur district, sources said.

Till date, a total of 6,233 people were tested for COVID-19 at the VRDLs of JNIMS and RIMS and 2,20,438 people were screened, including the flight passengers, for the novel coronavirus in Manipur, as per the status report issued at 6.30 pm on Tuesday by state surveillance officer Dr L Tomcha Khuman of Integrated Disease Surveillance Project (IDSP).

On Tuesday, a total 321 and 380 samples were tested at RIMs and JNIMS, respectively, totalling 701 in a single day with all negative results.

Manipur is putting an all-out effort in bringing back the stranded persons from various parts of the country amid the pandemic lockdown.

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As per reports, more than 13,000 passengers have already arrived in the state by the Indian Railways’ special Shramik trains or by buses.

Earlier, chief minister N Biren Singh assured the people that none of the distressed stranded citizens will be left unattended in the metro cities and they will be brought back home safely.

However, owing to the rapid surge of COVID-19 cases ever since a fresh case was reported in the state on May 13, Manipur government has resolved to evacuate the stranded citizens phase-wise.

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As per reports, the second phase for evacuation of stranded persons from different parts of the country is likely to be announced after those returnees who are already in the quarantine centres complete the testing.

So far, as many as 3,026 persons are at institutional quarantine centres and around 9,687 people are in their respective districts’ community quarantine centres.

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