Manipur reported seven COVID-19 related deaths in the past 24 hours, the second highest death toll recorded so far.
The daily update report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room showed deaths of seven persons in the last 24 hours, taking the number of COVID-19 related deaths in the state to 256.
Earlier on November 2, nine COVID-19 related deaths were recorded in the state.
Manipur has been witnessing about three COVID-19 related deaths on the average in the last two months.
Meanwhile, with the detection of 222 fresh positive cases of the disease in the last 24 hours, the number of COVID-19 infections in the state rose to 24,514 on Friday.
Out of the 222 fresh cases, 218 were detected from the general population and the rest four were from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).
Imphal West district continues to record the highest number of fresh cases of the disease with 80 fresh cases reported in the past 24 hours which was closely followed by Imphal East with 72 fresh cases.
The number of persons recovered from the deadly virus also rose to 21,006 with the discharge of 208 patients today. The recovery rate of the state stands at 85.68%.
The number of active cases of the disease in the state is 3,252. Out of them 306 were CAPF personnel, the daily update showed.
Meanwhile, addressing a weekly press briefing on COVID-19 status, state principal secretary of Health, Vumlunmang Vualnam informed that sero-surveillance in the four districts of the state will begin from November 30.
The surveillance will be done in Imphal West, Kakching, Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts where the state health department has identified as COVID-19 hotspot regions of the state.
During the surveillance, the health department is targeting to collect 4,600 samples with 1380 each from the two valley districts –Imphal West and Kakching – and 920 each from the two hills district –Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts.
The surveillance will be carried out by 12 teams comprising five members in each team, he said. Attending the briefing, the state health director said that the state government with concerted efforts of all the stakeholders were working hard to curve the spread of the pandemic in the state.
Dr L Swasticharan, assistant deputy general of Union ministry of health service who was deputed in the state to assist the state government in fighting the pandemic said that the night curfew (from 6pm till 4am) is being imposed in the state in a bid to break the chain of spread of the virus.