By Waikhom Chitradhani
Imphal(Manipur), June 18 : Manipur reported the highly transmissible Delta Variant of COVID-19 on Friday.
Manipur chief Minister N. Biren Singh said, regarding the rapid spread of positive cases in the State, 20 samples were sent in a lab in Hyderabad for testing to know the variant of the virus, of which 18 samples came out to be of the new variant called Delta variant.
Stating that the said variant had been the major cause of rapid spread, he informed that home isolation patients would be provided additional medicines useful in treatment of this variant.
Apart from this, home isolation patients would also be provided 20 triple-layer masks each, hand sanitizer with extra medicines from today, he added.
He urged the public to be more careful and follow COVID Appropriate Behaviors and Standard Operating Procedures issued by the Government from time to time to prevent infection from the new variant. He stressed the need to be more responsible on the part of the public and even to not go to public spaces until he or she got vaccinated.
He also added that the State Government had been taking up all the necessary measures to curb the spread of the pandemic and also sought support of all the stakeholders in its fight against it.
Meanwhile, Manipur reported 603 new COVID19 positive cases and 12 deaths in the last 24 hours, taking the death toll to 1,033.
Today, 447 persons were discharged, out of which 324 are from home isolation.
The state’s caseload stands at 62,946. The cumulative number of recovered cases is 52,667 The number of active cases is 9,246. The recovery rate is 83.67 %.