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COVID-19 spreads tentacles in rural areas: Dr Rajo

TFM Photo: Dr Rajo during the COVID media briefing on Friday

In the last 24 hours, the State Level Covid 19 Deaths Audit Committee reported 20 COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 1,541.

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Health Services, Manipur director Dr K Rajo on Friday said that the present trend of COVID-19 infection suggested that it has spread predominantly towards the rural areas of the state.

Dr Rajo was speaking at the weekly media briefing at the Directorate of Health Services, Lamphelpat, Imphal.

He cited a recent study by IDSP, Manipur between July 21 and 27. Out of 1,987 positive cases in Imphal West, 79 per cent were from rural areas of the district. Similarly, in Imphal East, 73.02 per cent of 2,035 positive cases were from rural areas of the district. He also suggested that the reason for the spread may be because people in urban areas mostly adhere to COVID appropriate behavior (CAB).

Dr Rajo also said that in the valley, Imphal West continues to report the majority of the new cases, followed by Imphal East, Bishnupur, and Thoubal. Amongst the hill districts, Churachandpur reported the majority of new cases, followed by Chandel, Kamjong, and Noney.

The house-to-house testing has been initiated in all the districts of the state, except Ukhrul, he informed. Between July 10 and 29, a total of 31,579 individuals were tested from 16,225 households. Out of these, 3,031 were confirmed as COVID positive.

Dr Rajo assured that the department is doing its best to tackle the ever increasing positive cases, while appealing to the people to adhere to CAB, underscoring the fact that delta variant is prevalent in the state.

Meanwhile, in the last 24 hours, the State Level Covid 19 Deaths Audit Committee reported 20 COVID-19 deaths, taking the death toll to 1,541. Out of 20 deaths, 14 persons had comorbidities, and out of 20 deaths, only 4 of them were vaccinated with the first dose, according to the health department.

The state reported 872 confirmed cases on Friday with a 13.07 per cent positivity. The total number of confirmed cases is inching towards the one lakh mark with 97,698.

There are 10,735 active cases in the state at present. Out of these, 4,767 are in home isolation and 2,700 community home isolation centres.

On Friday, 1,014 persons were discharged from Home Isolation (436), RIMS (44), JNIMS (13), CCCs (174), and CHICs (347). On Thursday, 14,980 doses of COVID vaccine were administered. A total of 12,90,134 doses have been administered — 10,88,797 first dose and 2,01,337 second dose.

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