A girl student of Central Agricultural University, Imphal tested covid positive on 14 July. The dean orders all faculty members, scientists, UG 1yr students and all PG, Ph.D students to attend a Motivational Talk by the former Vice Chancellor, SVPUA&T, Meerut (UP) at CAU Auditorium without fail
People in Manipur seemed to be least bothered about the new wave of Covid though the number of coronavirus positive cases saw a steady rise since June-end. All the market places remained crowded and nobody adhered to covid protocol and safety guidelines.
The state government, which was very proactive in instilling covid appropriate behaviours into people, also seemed to have lackadaisical approach to adopting covid control measures, like declaring specific geographic areas as containment or buffer zone to prevent local transmission and contact tracing to break chains of transmission, this time.
For instance, a girl student of Central Agricultural University, Imphal tested covid positive on 14 July. Following the report, the dean of the university issued notice on 15 July requesting the students, teaching and non-teaching staff to strictly follow COVID-19 protocols issued by the Government of Manipur and urging them to avoid unnecessary movement outside the college, games and mass gathering.
As per the notice, all exams will be conducted as per scheduled by following COVID-19 protocols. All theory classes are to be conducted through On-Line Mode with effect from 15th July 2022 (afternoon). Practical classes are to be conducted in off-line mode by following COVID-19 protocols.
In case, anyone experiences COVID-19 symptoms, they must contact the medical team of the college and follow their advice and medication, added the notice.
However, no process for contact tracing has been initiated to interrupt chains of transmission. No arrangement for prompt cleaning and disinfection of campus has been made to prevent the spread of the virus.
To the surprise of all, dean of the university Prof. Indira Sarangthem issued an order directing to all faculty members, scientists, UG 1yr students and all PG, Ph.D students to attend a Motivational Talk by the former Vice Chancellor, SVPUA&T, Meerut (UP) at CAU Auditorium without fail.
Govt giving thrust on vaccination to fight new covid wave
Instead of adopting a containment strategy, the central and state governments gave more thrust on vaccination to fight against the new wave of Covid-19 variant. As part of the Central Government’s 75-day COVID Vaccination Amrit Mahotsava, Manipur Chief Minister Biren Singh on Friday launched Free-Covid Vaccination of Precaution Dose at a simple function held at CM’s Secretariat.
The free-vaccination program for 18 years and above citizens with a target population of 10,18,619 in the state is held under Jan Abhiyan program, as a part of Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations commemorating 75 years of India’s Independence, said an official.
Ministers Dr Sapam Ranjan Singh and L Sushindro Meitei, and concerned officials of Health Services, Manipur also attended the launching of vaccination drive that will culminate on 30 September 2022.
However, people are curious about the efficacy of vaccination as coronavirus is picking up steam again in the districts which report high vaccination rates. They wanted the Manipur government’s covid 19 common control room to reveal the number of vaccinated people who got infected in the new covid wave.
89 new cases reported, two journalists infected
In the last 24 hours on Friday, 89 persons (44 male, 45 female) were confirmed as new COVID 19 positive cases in Manipur taking the active caseload to 385, said an official source. However, there is no report of death due to covid, it added.
According to Manipur government’s covid 19 common control room, Imphal West reported the highest number of positive cases with 39 infected with coronavirus followed by Imphal East (28), Kakching (7), Thoubal (5), Jiribam (2), Ukhrul (2) and one each from Bishnupur. Senapati, Tengnoupal, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur and Chandel.
Covid 19 common control room maintained that all necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.
Meanwhile, two journalists working with Sanaleibak newspaper were reported covid positive , said a source on Friday. Both the infected journalists had already got booster doses, it added.
Covid 19 trend
Date No. of positive Positivity Rate (TPR)
1 July 4 5.7%
2 July 7 10.9%
3 July 16 12.7%
4 July 9 5.9%
5 July 17 7.5%
6 July 22 8.1%
7 July 22 7.5%
8 July 22 9.9%
9 July 23 7.5%
10July 27 7.6%
11July 45 15.5%
12July 59 15.6%
13 July 70 15.8%
14 July 77 13.6%
15 July 89 14.8%