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Manipur to be COVID-19 free state in next three days

The state is nearing to be declared as COVID-19-free state. However, people should not stop taking care of themselves, maintaining all public hygiene and COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, said Dr K Rajo Singh, Director of Health Services, Manipur.

ByIFP Bureau

Updated 23 May 2022, 4:57 pm

(File Photo: IFP)
(File Photo: IFP)

With the state yet to report any new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 11 days, i.e., since May 13, the state of Manipur could finally be declared a COVID-19 free state should there be no new cases in the next three days.

As per the norms of public health, any state can be declared free from an outbreak or pandemic when no new cases are reported for 14 consecutive days. And as Manipur has not reported any new COVID-19 positive cases since May 13, the state can be declared COVID-19 free on May 26 should it fail to report any positive cases in the next three days.

During an interaction with Dr K Rajo Singh, Director of Health Services on the improving condition of COVID-19 in the state, he informed that the COVID-19 situation in the state is much better as the positivity rate has dropped to zero over the past many days. The state is almost nearing to be declared as COVID-19-free state. However, people should not stop taking care of themselves, maintaining all public hygiene and COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, he advised.

He further said that with improvement of COVID-19 scenario, there is relaxation in COVID-19 testing guidelines. Only symptomatic people are eligible for the said testing, yet, the state is still receiving COVID-19 test samples every day. From May 12 onwards till May 23, the state got samples ranging from 60 to 150 and all their results came with zero, the director said.

On May 12, number of samples collected was 106; 102 on May 13; 112 on May 14; 61 on May 15; 68 on May 16; 111 on May 17; 108 on May 18; 102 on May 19; 71 on May 20; 134 on May 21; 136 on May 22 and 120 on May 23, he informed.

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Rajo said that people should not relax or be calm due to the zero COVID-19 positivity rate but rather think that COVID-19 still exists in the state.

“We cannot predict or ascertain that the virus will never come back in the state as it is still not curbed in other states of India or countries. As there is a saying that prevention is better than cure, people should adhere to all COVID-19 protocols. This will not only keep COVID-19 at bay but also many other communicable diseases as well,” the director said.

Talking about COVID-19 vaccination in the state, he said that the cumulative vaccination rate of the state till date May 23 is 61.83 per cent for the first dose while the second dose stands at 51.94 per cent. Vaccination rate in hill areas is still low but putting all effort into it has somehow crossed 40 per cent for the first dose and 30 per cent above for the second dose, Dr. Rajo said.

Vaccination was successfully done in almost all the crowded places of Imphal valley and hill areas. This is one major contributing factor to control COVID-19 in the case despite having less vaccination rate. On top of that, development of natural immunity also helps in lowering down of COVID-19 in the state, he added.

Meanwhile, the state on Monday, yet again, recorded zero new COVID-19 positive cases, confining the state's tally at 1,37,230 and the death toll also remained at 2,120 with zero new fatality, according to the latest update by the state health department.

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According to a release issued by the State COVID-19 Common Control Room, the number of recovered cases is 1,35,110 and the recovery rate is 98.45 per cent. Manipur now has zero COVID-19 active case, as per the release.

As per the latest update, the total number of people who have been administered the vaccine has reached 28,83,653 (first dose: 15,66,990 second dose: 12,22,990 precautionary dose: 93,673).

The cumulative number of people who have been vaccinated in the state with the first dose is 61.83 per cent and for the second dose is 51.94 per cent, it mentioned.

 

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