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Manipur has witnessed a considerable increase in the daily testing capacity in the past one week and now the state’s testing labs can test 2000-2500 samples every day.

So far the State has tested more than 46,515 samples so far and the positivity rate stands at 2.33 per cent, official sources said on Friday.

Meanwhile, 19 persons including 10 male and 9 females were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases of the state on Friday.

So far 393 persons have recovered from the disease and as on Friday the recovery rate of the State is 36.55 per cent.

Of the total 1075 total positive cases detected till Friday, 529 are returnees from Delhi.

Majority of the positive cases are said to be in the age group of 19 to 49 years.

In order to provide prompt care and early treatment to positive persons, the government is planning to open COVID Care Centres at Senapati, Kangpokpi, Churachandpur, Ukhrul, Tamenglong, two more centres in Imphal West and one in Thoubal soon apart from the existing COVID Care Centres opened at RIMS, JNIMS, UNACCO School and Bishnupur District Hospital.

A four-member COVID Admission Committee has been formed with the Health Services Director as the Chairman to ensure that all the COVID-19 positive persons are attended to promptly and accommodated at a suitable COVID Hospital or COVID Care Centre.

The Committee would monitor the occupancy and vacancy position at each COVID-19 Hospital and COVID Care Centres.

The Medical Superintendents or in-charge of hospitals and COVID Care Centres would provide updated reports regularly to the Committee.

Medical Superintendents of RIMS and JNIMS would ensure that some spare beds are always available for such symptomatic persons and Chief Medical Officers(CMO) would coordinate with the COVID Admission Committee whenever required. Symptomatic persons have to be admitted to RIMS or JNIMS as per allocated districts.

All the CMOs would approach the Committee to ensure that COVID-19 positive cases are admitted to appropriate centres promptly and smoothly and the Chairman of the Committee would put in place a mechanism to ensure that admission requirements are handled smoothly 24/7.

Sobhapati Samom

Sobhapati Samom is Northeast Now Correspondent in Imphal. He can be reached at: ssamom@gmail.com