Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday announced that another 100 doctors are to be engaged immediately to meet the requirements of the state amid the staggering reports of COVID-19 positive cases being detected in the state.

With the latest 75 fresh reports coming in on Wednesday, the total confirmed cases for COVID-19 in Manipur has soared to 3,093, of which 1,224 are active and 1,862 have recovered.

Of the total active cases, at least 502 positive cases are security personnel and the remaining are the general populace, including returnees and locally-transmitted cases.

In a meeting held by chief secretary Rakesh Kumar with senior officers of the Army and CAPF on Tuesday, a standard operating procedure (SoP) has been outlined where each force designates a nodal officer and also earmarks quarantine and COVID-19 Care facility for the personnel.

No personnel will be sent out for duty unless COVID-19 negative status is clear, said Singh.

According to the statement issued by additional health director Dr K Sasheekumar Mangang, of the latest fresh infected cases, 42 persons are from the general population and 33 personnel from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).

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Only three out of the general population are returnees from the other states and the remaining are those locals with no travel history.

Owing to the rapid spread of the virus, especially locals with no travel history having found positive, CM Singh also informed that the state cabinet has decided to increase the number of samples being taken and testing teams in Imphal West and Imphal East districts, as the spread is more.

Moreover, at least 20,000 kits of ICMR approved Rapid Antigen Test kits have already procured to scale-up the testing. Also, the cabinet has approved for the procurement of another 50,000 kits on an urgent basis, it said.

To accommodate and treat the COVID-19 patients, Singh further said that there are 1,636 beds available, including 469 beds at COVID-19 Care Center at Lamboi Khongnangkhong and newly added 70 beds at CCC Kangpokpi.

The state government has spared no efforts to increase the number of COVID-19 Care Centers, said the chief minister.

Meanwhile, the COVID-10 beds at JNIMS (100) and RIMS (47) Hospitals, as per the CM, will be earmarked for treatment of only symptomatic or severe patients.

With this streamlining, it is expected that RIMS and JNIMS will reactivate their non-COVID-19 services, including OPD and maternity services, it said.

Singh had already appealed the public to strictly adopt the social distancing and other guidelines to be able to tackle the COVID-19 successfully.

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