11 security escorts of former Chief Minister Ibobi Singh test COVID-19 positive

IMPHAL: The official quarter of former Manipur chief minister O Ibobi Singh in Imphal has been sealed after 11 security personnel detailed as his escorts-cum-house guards were found infected by COVID-19 on Wednesday.

The former chief minister and his family members were, however, tested negative for the disease after their swab samples were subjected to COVID-19 test following the development.

The 11 personnel of the 2nd Manipur Rifles were found positive for the disease when all the security personnel who are detailed as escorts of the former chief minister were subjected to COVID-19 test after two of them were found to have been infected by the disease on Tuesday. 

Meanwhile, in view of the impending danger of spreading the disease, the official quarter of the Congress leader was declared as a containment zone and later sealed.

During the contact tracing of the infected personnel, the Congress Bhavan in Imphal has also been sanitized on Wednesday to check the spread of the disease. Leaders and workers of Manipur Pradesh Congress Committee (MPCC) will also undergo test for COVID-19, official sources said.

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Meanwhile, the COVID-19 case tally of the state rose to 6507 with the detection of 125 fresh cases on Wednesday. 

Except two personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), the rest 123 fresh cases from the general population were locally contracted cases as they have no significant travel history.

Among them, 40 are from Imphal West district, 18 from Imphal East, 14 from Thoubal, 17 from Bishnupur, 28 from Churachandpur, five from Kakching and one from Chandel district.
A report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said that 1602 of the total infections of 6507 are CAPF personnel and the rest 4905 are from the general population.

Of the total 1602 infected CAPF personnel, 947 have been recovered from the disease and the remaining 653 are currently undergoing treatment at various Covid care centres.
Again, of the 4905 total infections among the general population, 3660 have been recovered and as such the number of active cases in the state stands at 1218.

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