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21-year-old COVID-19 recovered patient dies of suicide in Imphal

A 21-year-old girl from Imphal, who was quarantined at home after she recovered from the disease, died of suicide on June 28.

After returning from Delhi recently, the girl was tested COVID-19 positive. After treatment, she recovered from the disease and was sent for home quarantine. It was suspected that she may be depressed due to the trauma she underwent.

On June 28, officials reported that 93 new COVID-19 cases were detected from across the state in the last 24 hours.

The total number of COVID-19 cases in the state went up to 1185 out of which 730 are active. As many as 455 patients were released from the COVID Care Centres after they recovered from the disease.

The fresh cases were reported from Churachandpur (10), Imphal East (2), Imphal West (1), Kakching (13), Kamjong (21), Noney (1), Tamenglong (14), Senapati (6) and Ukhrul (25) districts.

Officials said that all the fresh cases were from among returnees from other states. They were being shifted to the COVID Care Facilities. All necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.

On June 28, 23 persons were discharged from COVID Care Centres after they were found COVID-19 free on RT-PCR test.

Social Stigma

A government official on June 28 said that 20-25 per cent of people who have completed COVID-19 treatment or quarantine may suffer from social stigma.

Health department spokesperson Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang said that such persons are no longer a source of COVID-19 transmission to others.

They must be given support and should not be stigmatized.

Isolation and loneliness during quarantine, can assert long lasting negative consequences on physical and mental well being.

Feeling isolated can lead to poor sleep, poor cardiovascular health, lower immunity, impaired executive functions and depressive symptoms, the official added.

Psychological help and counseling can be accessed through toll free 24×7 helpline number 1800-345-3818, the official added.


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