Imphal: With the reports of an increasing number of people without travel history being tested positive for COVID-19, Manipur Legislative Assembly Speaker Yumnam Khemchand Singh on Sunday said that there is a transmission at the community level in the state.
However, the state government and concerned department have not declared it, the Speaker added.
Speaker Khemchand was addressing a valedictory programme of the community quarantine centre at Manipur College in Imphal.
The curve for COVID-19 cases in Manipur has become sharper over the last few months since the stranded people from the state arrived from various parts of the country owing to the pandemic lockdown.
Moreover, not only the confirmed cases of the coronavirus but casualties for the virus have also increased to seven as on August 2.
The Speaker stated that government alone cannot fight the pandemic which has to transmit at the community level but through people’s participation will be able to combat the spread of the virus.
We must learn the virus and live with it until the vaccine for COVID-19 is found, he added.
According to Khemchand, there may be many more people with positive cases that are yet to be tested, adding that everyone must take equal responsibility in containing the spread of the virus.
Of the total number of confirmed cases is 2,831, at least about 305 persons have tested positive for COVID-19 through local transmission without travel history and most of these cases are being reported from Thoubal and Imphal West districts.
According to health officials, most of the local transmission has been detected through contact tracing from returnees who tested positive or some are infected after they exposed to the virus from family members who had already confirmed positive. So far, most contacts that have come in close contacts with COVID-19 patients are traceable, it said.
As on Sunday, as many as 1,737 infected persons have recovered and another 1,087 more cases are undergoing treatment for COVID-19. The recovery rate in the state stands at 61.07 per cent.