Six new cases of COVID-19 recently confirmed in Chin State
12 October 2020 – Chin State has seen a continuation of COVID-19 pandemic with six confirmed cases since the beginning of the month.
The patients consist of two returning migrants from India, and four individuals infected through local contacts who had returned from Yangon.
Two returnees were taken to the Tedim General Hospital after being kept in quarantine upon their arrivals at Indian-Myanmar border gates.
Mung, a member of COVID-19 response committee in Tedim, told the Chinland Guardian: “One came back from India via Haiciin village and another through Cikha town. Both were kept in an isolation unit of the Tedim General Hospital. Now, one female returnee is still at the hospital while the other one has already been discharged.”
In addition, a couple who are originally from Paletwa were put into quarantine in Matupi, and one female, a returnee from Yangon, is being isolated in Hakha while another female who is believed to have been locally infected is now in the Mindat General Hospital.
Peter Lawilu, an editor of the Khumi Media Group, said: “The couple went to Yangon for medical treatment in North Okkalapa because the husband was suffering from cancer and diabetes. When they arrived in Matupi on their way back, they were kept in quarantine. The husband, 59, passed away on 29 September before their swab test results were confirmed.”
According to sources from the Matupi General Hospital later, the couple tested positive for COVID-19. Subsequently, the wife, 51, has been kept in an isolation in Matupi.
In Hakha, a 22-year-old female, who was quarantined at the Technical and Vocational Education and Training Center upon her arrival from Yangon and tested positive, is being taken care of at the Hakha General Hospital.
Last month, there were 16 positive cases confirmed in Mindat. According to the Chin State Health Department, one of them still tests positive and the rest who were said to have tested negative with no signs and symptoms of COVID-19 are soon to be discharged from their isolation.
Meanwhile, Dr. Tluang Cung Thang said in an interview with the Chinland Herald that there was one case confirmed in Falam based on the results of the rapid diagnostic tests conducted with 167 individuals. However, no official announcement has been made.
According to the data posted on 8 October 2020 by the Ministry of Health and Sports, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Chin State since late March 2020 reached 44.
The Ministry also recorded that there were 417 individuals who were quarantined at 30 different quarantine centers across Chin State since the outbreak. – Reporting by Cer Len Ci and Naomy VT Chin with Sang Hnin Lian.