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Manipur COVID-19 cases reach 27
 IMPHAL, May 23 - One more man was found positive after he was tested for COVID-19 at the Virus Research and Diagnosis Laboratory (VRDL) here, Manipur Health Department officials said today.

With the new detection, the total number of confirmed cases in Manipur has now increased to 27. However, the current active cases stands at 25 as the first two patients, who were confirmed positive on March 24 and April 2, had recovered and were released from hospital last month.

Dr Kh Sasheekumar Mangang, Additional Director of the Manipur Health Department, in a press release, said that the new case of COVID-19 was detected last night. The patient is a 26-year-old male belonging to Imphal West district. He had left Chennai by train on May 10 and reached Jiribam on May 13, the press release stated. His sample was collected on May 19. The patient is now admitted to the COVID care facility of the RIMS.

“All individuals in the same quarantine centre have been tested and found negative. As many as 112 samples were tested last night at the VRDL, RIMS,” the release added.

Meanwhile, the second train from Chennai carrying around 1,571 stranded people of the State arrived at the Jiribam Railway Station, 220 km from here, today.

Soon after their arrival, the passengers left Jiribam following medical screening, for their respective destinations in 43 buses. Meanwhile, another special train carrying people from Manipur left New Delhi this afternoon, sources said. The train is scheduled to arrive at Jiribam on May 25.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh today chaired a meeting with officials of the JNIMS, RIMS and Institute of Bioresources and Sustainable Development, Manipur, to discuss plans and strategy to tackle returnees flooding the State, the need to increase the volume of COVID-19 tests, and other issues of frontline workers engaged in fighting the pandemic.

COVID-19 positive cases have been on the rise after the arrival of stranded residents of the State, from other parts of the country. According to official reports, more than 10,000 people have already returned to Manipur from different States.

On Wednesday, 16 returnees, including 10 women, had tested positive for COVID-19, who are now undergoing treatment in COVID-19 wards of government hospitals here.

Chief Minister Biren Singh had on Friday told reporters that the primary task of the State Government is to prevent any possible community transmission of the novel coronavirus.

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