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Manipur reports 798 new Covid-19 cases, 18 deaths

For the first time, Manipur reported two cases of Mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus on Tuesday – one at RIMS – a 45-year-old male from Imphal West and one at Shija Hospital – a 46-year-old male from Imphal West.

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Imphal: Manipur on Tuesday saw a minor decline in its daily tally of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) after 798 new cases were recorded in the last 24 hours, according to the health department’s bulletin.

As many as 18 people succumbed to the viral disease while 629 recovered in the last 24 hours, the bulletin further said.

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With this, Manipur’s caseload has climbed to 51,549 including 825 deaths, 41,782 recoveries and 8,942 active cases.

Tuesday’s case count is 71 less than that of Monday’s when 869 people tested positive for Covid-19. Over 5700 tests (5720 to be exact) were conducted in the last 24 hours of which 5255 were RT-PCR/CBNAAT/TrueNat tests while the remaining 465 rapid antigen tests. The number of patients under home isolation has increased to 4921 after 173 new cases reported, the health bulletin said.  

Eighteen persons – five at Shija Hospital, one each at District Hospitals Jiribam, Thoubal, JNIMS and CCC Kangpokpi, two at District Hospital Churachandpur, five at RIMS respectively expired.

The recovery rate is 81.05 per cent, slightly lowered than the previous day at 81.08 per cent.

A total of 1460 D-type Oxygen cylinders and 543 B-type Oxygen cylinders have been made available to different health facilities of Manipur.

For the first time, Manipur reported two cases of Mucormycosis, commonly known as Black Fungus on Tuesday – one at RIMS – a 45-year-old male from Imphal West and one at Shija Hospital – a 46-year-old male from Imphal West.

Mucormycosis is a fungal infection that usually affects the mouth, nose, and eyes, and may then spread to the brain.

Health experts say Mucormycosis is a very rare infection. It is caused by exposure to mucor mould which is commonly found in soil, plants, manure, and decaying fruits and vegetables. It is ubiquitous and found in soil and air and even in the nose and mucus of healthy people.

It affects the sinuses, the brain and the lungs and can be life-threatening in diabetic or severely immunocompromised individuals, such as cancer patients or people with HIV/AIDS.

Meanwhile, state health directorate has directed all hospitals, health centres or clinics to immediately report such cases, failing of which may attract actions under the current epidemic Act.

As per latest information a total of 6227 individuals were vaccinated on Tuesday at different health facilities and institutions on Tuesday.

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