Two more in Manipur -- a 64-year-old mother and her 23-year-old daughter -- have tested positive for the dreaded coronavirus earlier today. The tally of cases in the Northeast Indian state has now risen to 9.
The two, originally inhabitants of the Khongjal Village in Kamjong district, are now in quarantine and will soon shifted to a Covid care facility.
The Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP) Manipur has now revealed the details duo who had recently returned from New Delhi.
History of Travel:
The necessity of an eye operation for the mother was what made the two undertake the journey to Delhi, one of the coronavirus hotspots in the country.
They went in February, well in advance of the nationwide lockdown which came into effect on March 25, and stayed at Kotla Mubarakpur in a rented quarter. They consulted at the AIIMS in Delhi and the elderly woman was to be treated on April 8, before the tragedy of the lockdown struck and the entire country went into shutdown mode.
On May 14, after the restrictions on travel were somewhat eased, they started their homeward journey from Safdarjung at 2 am.They reached the Mao Gate in Manipur on May 16 around 11:30 am in the morning, and left the Gate at 1:30 pm.
They reached the IIIT Mantripukhri and have been staying in quarantine since then, and will soon be shifted to a Covid Care Centre in Manipur, an official notification said. Their samples were collected on May 17 and they were declared as carriers on May 18.
The travel history of the duo to the national capital has been pinpointed as the epidemiological link, and all 20 co-passengers have been traced and contact tracing has been initiated as per protocol.
Manipur had reported its first case of coronavirus on March 24 when a 23-year-old woman who returned from the UK tested positive, making it the first case in the northeast region, which is home to only four per cent of the country's population. All the new cases have been detected in people who have returned to Manipur from other states.