Imphal: As Manipur continue to intensify testing for COVID-19, the number of confirmed cases saw a rapid rise in the last few weeks with the total tally at 681 cases so far.
Of the 16 districts, Churachandpur has recorded the highest number of 94 confirmed cases for COVID-19 in the state, followed by Ukhrul with 84 and Imphal West and Tamenglong districts with 62 cases each, as per a statement issued on Friday by state surveillance officer Dr L Tomcha Khuman.
Meanwhile, one of the main entry points, both for road and train passengers, is being set up at Jiribam. However, remarkably, the district so far has recorded the least number of confirmed cases in the state with two, followed by Tengnoupal with 13, as on June 19.
A total of 218 persons have recovered and discharged from the hospitals in the state and now active cases remained at 463.
However, as per an official, the epidemic is yet to spread to community and all the cases are being detected from returnees from other states except one nurse from Churachandpur with no travel history. Later, she was found negative for the virus and now recovered.
Most cases detected for the virus in Manipur are mild and asymptomatic and we are yet to enter into moderate to severe stage, said the official.
The total number of tests conducted to date is 32,093 samples and at least 15,000 samples are remained backlogs, for which the state had earlier writes to the ministry of aviation for the suspension of passenger flight services for a period of ten days from June 18 to 28.
Considering the huge flow of people returning to the state by flight and backlog of samples, a single passenger flight service from Delhi to Imphal is being operating for a period of 10 days.
The rapid rise in the confirmed cases might be the result of more tests being conducted after the state scaled up testing capacity from 300 to 1,200 samples in a day.
According to officials, till date, at least 5,438 returnees are serving their 14 days’ quarantine period at institutional quarantine centres and 14,983 are at community quarantine centres. Another 530 people opted for paid quarantine at various hotels In Imphal.