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Doctors, nurse test negative in Manipur

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, June 27 - Two doctors and a nurse serving in a district hospital in Manipur, who had tested positive for COVID-19 a week ago, tested negative today.

In a press release, Dr L Gojendro, Chief Medical Officer of Bishnupur district, said, �All the three staff of the district hospital who were admitted to the RIMS (Regional Institute of Medical Sciences) were found negative in the COVID-19 test conducted today.�

Samples of their family members, close contacts, caterers and other staff who were on duty in the isolation ward of the hospital from June 15, which were collected on June 26, have also returned negative results, the release added.

Informing that the district hospital at Bishnupur has been functioning as a COVID-19 isolation ward since June 8 with the initial admission of 34 inmates, the Chief Medical Officer stated that 32 of them had completely recovered and were sent home. Only four inmates are currently admitted to the hospital, it added. The recovery rate at the hospital is 88.8 per cent.

Among the recovered patients was a pregnant woman who even drew attention of the Office of the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations and other international organisations, the release stated. One inmate had to be referred to the COVID Care Centre at UNACCO (Meitram) on his request.

Meanwhile, the total number of COVID-19 cases in Manipur on Saturday rose to 1,092 with confirmation of 17 new positive cases. The total number of active cases stands at 660.

Altogether 48,220 persons have been tested for COVID-19 so far, sources said. Besides, 10,048 inmates are currently staying in quarantine centres, including paid facilities, while 40,552 have already completed their quarantine period.

Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing drive against violators of lockdown restrictions, the Manipur Police detained 685 persons and seized 346 vehicles. A combined fine of Rs 56,000 has been imposed on the violators.

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