14 more returnees from Delhi tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur on Saturday Credit: EastMojo image

Imphal: Another 14 more persons, all male, from Kangpokpi in Manipur tested positive for COVID-19, the highest spike in a single day from one district in the state. All of them returned from Delhi by train, said a senior official.

With this, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Manipur has soared to 157, including 105 active cases.

At least 52 patients who were earlier detected with the coronavirus have been recovered and discharged from hospitals.

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According to additional health director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang, samples of the latest 14 cases were tested at Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDL) at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) and have been shifted to COVID-19 care facility at JNIMS for further observation.

Following the alarming rise of COVID-19 in the district, the administration has already taken up necessary precautionary measures like contact tracing and containment process, he said.

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Meanwhile, the state government has initiated a dedicated psychological support helpline for the frontliners, including healthcare workers, police personnel, truck drivers, media personnel, sanitation workers and all volunteers, among others.

They are taking significant personal risk and working tirelessly to ensure that people could receive the care they need and facing enormous physical and psychological strain, said Dr Mangang.

The helping number will be available round-the-clock and the numbers are 8787456035 and 9402751364.

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