Laxity in contact tracing contributes to transmission of COVID-19 in Manipur

Review meeting of COVID-19 State Consultative Committee which were presided by the Chief Minister have been suspended after one staff of the COVID-19 Common Control Room opened at the Chief Minister’s bungalow was tested positive for the virus

Imphal, Sept 27-2020: Keeping with the recent trend of triple digit surge in the COVID-19 positive cases, the State recorded 248 fresh positive cases during the last 24 hours.

Meanwhile, a top ranking Health official said it seemed contact tracing has not been done properly these days even though according to the prescribed SOP tracing of contacts should be done promptly when a positive case is detected in any area and the area has been declared as containment zone by the District Magistrate concerned.

The officials looking after tracing contacts of the positive individual should determine the possible number of people who could have been infected by COVID-19 through the particular individual, and also the primary source of infection, said the Health official.

He said that laxity in tracing contacts has been contributing to transmission of COVID-19 in the State.

Moreover, the weekly review meetings of the COVID-19 State Consultative Committee which were presided by the Chief Minister have been suspended after one staff of the COVID-19 Common Control Room opened at the Chief Minister’s bungalow was tested positive for the virus, informed a source.

It said that the COVID-19 Common Control Room would be shifted away elsewhere.

According to a press release issued by Additional Director (Health) and COVID-19 Common Control Room spokesman Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, 248 people including 68 personnel of CAPF were tested positive for the virus during the last 24 hours at RIMS, JNIMS, Ukhrul, Raj Medicity, Shija Hospital, Bishnupur, Hillside Hospital, Little Clinic, Iboyaima Hospital, Tamenglong, Imphal West, Thoubal, Kangpokpi, Kakching, RD Wing, Senapati, Jiribam, Babina Diagnostics and Imphal East.

The 180 civilians who have been tested positive belong to Imphal West (105), Thoubal (9), Kamjong (1), Senapati (1), Jiribam (1), Churachandpur (1), Ukhrul (4), Imphal East (35), Kangpokpi (1), Kakching (4), Chandel (7), Bishnupur (8) and Tamenglong (3) .

Out of them, 175 have no significant history of travelling outside the State.

In the meantime, 195 COVID-19 patients have been discharged during the last 24 hours from RIMS (17), CCC UNACCO (76), RD Wing (7), CCC Lamboi Khongnangkhong (65), JNIMS (11), Ukhrul (1), Chandel (1) and CAPF (17) after they were found free of the virus.

The cumulative figure of positive cases has reached 10299 (general population 8090, Central security personnel 2209.) It includes 2359 active cases (general population 1898, Central security personnel 461) and 7876 discharged cases (general population 6131, Central security personnel 1745) .

The recovery rate as on Sunday is 76.47 per cent.

A late report informed that 61 samples were found infected by the contagion out of the 416 samples tested today at JNIMS.

Further, 16 people were tested positive out of 196 samples subjected to rapid antigen test at Thoubal today.