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Three people died on August 16 due to COVID-19 and other co-morbid health conditions in Manipur in the last 24 hours.

So far 16 people have died of the new viral infection in the state.

The three persons – aged 73 years, 44 years and 94 years – belonging to Imphal West district, BSF and Thoubal district respectively, died of complications related to COVID-19 on August 16, officials informed.

The government has also extended lockdown till August 31 with some relaxations from August 17.

Due to the increase in the spread, triggered by local transmission, the state health department spokesman Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang said majority of COVID-19 positive persons do not show symptoms or show only mild symptoms. Such persons do not require hospital care.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has issued “Revised Guidelines for Home Isolation of mild/ pm symptomatic/ asymptomatic COVID-19 cases on the July 2. Many states have adopted the guidelines,” he said.

“Our state is introducing home isolation of very mild/asymptomatic COVID-19 cases. A medical team constituted by the chief medical officer will examine the case for eligibility. Eligible and willing cases will be allowed home isolation,” he stated.

Pregnant women and minors below 10 years, who are asymptomatic, will be considered on priority. Health department will provide oximeter – which has to be returned after recovery – and consumables like mask, gloves and hydrochloride solutions. Home isolation will be for 14 days.

A medical team will monitor the health status of the cases by phone daily.

The cases and family members will be tested by RT-PCR at the end of home isolation. It is an optional arrangement for the very mild/pre symptomatic/ asymptomatic COVID-19 positive cases, he said.

In the past 24 hours, 68 persons from general population and 111 personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur.

On the same day, 194 persons recovered from the disease and were released from the COVID care facilities.

Manipur now has reported 4569 COVID-19 cases out of which 1192 are central security personnel and 3377 general population. As many as 2632 patients recovered from the disease in the state.

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