COVID-19 infection claimed the life of 97-year-old, a resident of Greenland village Ukhrul on Saturday.
The district detected seven positive cases on Saturday while three patients were discharged taking the total active tally in the district to 38, while 18 persons succumbed to the dreaded coronavirus so far.
As requested by the family of the deceased, additional district magistrate Ukhrul David Kashungnao granted permission to carry home the mortal remains of the deseased for performance of the last rites. Authorisation has also been given to bury the deceased at Phungyo Baptist Church (PBC) Ukhrul burial site on Saturday with strict compliance to COVID-19 protocols.
In view of impending threat of the pandemic and to prevent the spread of the disease in the area, additional district magistrate Ukhrul sealed the houses and barred entry and exit of population from the four containment areas and directed to initiate active surveillance of COVID-19 cases with immediate effect.
The areas declared containment today are residences of Ramreiyo Vashum at Rayotang Ukhrul; residence of late Ramyo Hongrei at Greenland Ukhrul, residence of Maya Bista at Hamleikhong Block-E and residence of Micheal Pharung at Pharung village.
The cumulative positive stands at 433, of which 251 are males and 182 are female.
In view of the escalation in the spread of COVID-19 infections and death rate in the Ukhrul district, district magistrate Ukhrul Joseph Pauline Kamson extended public curfew in the whole area situated within the revenue district of Ukhrul till June 30. However, given the hardships being faced by the populace due to prolonged curfew, it has allowed vegetables vendors and grocery shops to open from 10 am to 2 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday until further notice.