On Friday, 29 returnees, including 12 women, tested positive for the virus in Tamenglong Credit: Representational image

Tamenglong: In yet another alarming situation, 29 persons from a single community quarantine centre in Manipur’s Tamenglong district tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday.

Of the total 130 people staying at United Builders School (UBS) quarantine centre in the Tamenglong district headquarters, 29 tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday, said district chief medical officer Dr Chambo Gonmei. Their samples were collected on June 10.

Among the latest cases, 12 are women and they are all returnees from other states, he said.

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A total of 1,659 samples from the district were tested for COVID-19 at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) in Imphal, of which 58 cases, including the latest 29, were tested positive. Active cases stand at 44.

A total of 14 patients have recovered and discharged from the hospitals.

As per an official statement, the latest patients will be shifted to UNACCO COVID-19 Care Centre at Meitram in Imphal East for further treatment. All of them are asymptomatic cases.

According to Dr Gonmei, considering the topography of the district and since many villages are located at far-flung areas from the main town, the administration had arranged centralised institutional and community quarantine centres for the returnees at the district headquarters.

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At present, the district administration is running one institutional quarantine center and 14 community quarantine centers for the returnees. At least, 1,891 people have returned home from various parts of the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic lockdown.

Since the administration runs a centralised quarantine centers, if a person at the center did not receive the sample result, we extended the number of days to stay at the center to avoid further spread of the virus, informed Dr Gonmei.

But those who received their sample result and tested COVID-19 negative, we send them home for strict 14 days’ home quarantine, he added.

In Manipur, the total number of confirmed cases for novel coronavirus has now touched 635.

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