Manipur COVID-19 Case: seven co-passengers turn up for  voluntary test

Newmai News Network

Imphal | March 25


At least seven persons, who were on board in the same flight with the COVID-19 infected 23-year-old woman from Imphal, voluntarily turned up for testing for the disease at Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal on Wednesday.


Viral Research and Diagnostic Laboratory of Department of Microbiology of JNIMS is the only testing centre for the disease in Manipur approved by the Union Health Ministry.


All the seven persons have been put at a government designated quarantine centre in Imphal awaiting the test results, a hospital source said.


A source in the police said that five persons who boarded the same flight with the infected woman were among the 13 persons quarantined at a government quarantine centre opened in Bishnupur district on Wednesday.


The five persons were picked up from their respective homes by the authorities of the state Medical Directorate in the district with the assistance of the police.


Mention may be made that state Home department, in an order issued on Tuesday after the first positive case was detected, had directed all the passengers who arrived at Imphal along with the infected woman in the same flight to report to the authorities of the state Medical Directorate for necessary observation.


While giving the details of the flight, the first COVID-19 patient in the state arrived in Imphal on March 21, the authority of state Health Services asked all passengers of the same flight to contact the authority immediately and not later than 8 am of March 25 for necessary medical examinations.


They can be quarantined if necessary, the notification issued this evening said. 


It had also warned the passengers failing to contact and get themselves medically examined will be prosecuted under section 269 and 270 of the Indian Penal Code.


Meanwhile, according to reports, COVID-19 patient is showing sign of  improvement following her treatment.