IMPHAL, May 16 - Two days after confirming the third case of COVID-19, Manipur reported three more positive cases today. With this the total of number of positive cases in the State has risen to six, Health Department officials said.
Among the new COVID-19 patients are a 76-year-old woman and her 48-year-old son, who had returned in a group of 36 people from Mumbai. �They reached Manipur on May 13 and all the rest are found negative,� a press release issued here this evening stated. The elderly woman and her son are now admitted to the RIMS (Regional Institute of Medical Sciences) for treatment, the release added.
Earlier, in a press release issued this morning, Additional Director of the Health Department Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang said that a nursing professional who had returned from Kolkata, also tested positive for COVID-19 on Friday. �She is now admitted to the JNIMS (Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences),� he said.
Meanwhile, in view of the current situation, the State Government has temporarily suspended issuing of inter-State passes for entry into Manipur in private or hired vehicles.
It may be mentioned here that the first two COVID-19 patients in Manipur were discharged after recovery from two government hospitals last month. Since then no new case had been reported in the State till the third case was detected on May 14.
Meanwhile, sources at the COVID-19 common control room here said that tests for the disease have increased to about 200 per day during the last few days. This has been made possible with the introduction of the �pool testing� method, the sources added. Besides, the RIMS and the JNIMS have installed TrueNat machines for testing COVID-19. This has further enhanced the testing capacity.
The sources pointed out that till date 1,900 samples have been tested in the State, out of which four were found positive.
It may be mentioned here that a second special train carrying 932 people belonging to the State, who were stranded in and around Punjab due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown, arrived at the Jiribam Railway Station last evening. They have already started reaching their respective districts. The first special train with more than 1,000 stranded people came from Chennai on May 13.