Chin State sees surge in COVID-19 cases
(Photo: Tedim General Hospital)
13 January 2021 – The Chin State Health Department said on Monday that there were 26 new cases of COVID-19 confirmed in Tedim, Tonzang, Falam and Thantlang towns.
According to its data updates, Tedim saw 22 positive cases through local contacts while two new family members were reported being infected through a government employee who had returned to Falam from Tedim late last week.
The newly confirmed patients in Tedim include eight children between 7 and 16 years of age and four elderly over the age of 60, according the Information and Public Relations Department.
Currently, there are 47 positive patients of COVID-19 being isolated in three different locations including the Tedim General Hospital.
Mung, a Tedim resident and youth leader, said: “Suddenly, the number of positive cases went really high and we all are worried. People are being careful now although the local authorities have not started ‘stay-at-home’ measures despite rumours that the issues have been under discussion.”
Since late last month, Tuithang village has been in lockdown after nine villagers had been confirmed positive with COVID-19, which was followed by another surge in cases up to 22 in total early this month.
In recent weeks, two elderly COVID-19 patients who had other chronic diseases were reported dead in Tedim township.
In Thantlang, the new case was confirmed with a visitor from Kalaywa, Sagaing Region who had been placed in quarantine while COVID-19 symptoms were detected with a woman who came to hospital for medical checkup in Tonzang.
According to the Chin State Health Department’s updates on Monday, restrictions on travels to Tedim have been imposed and those travelling from Tedim to other parts of Chin State should inform the relevant health staff and departments.
The department said that the total number of COVID-19 positive cases confirmed since March last year has come to 336 as of 11 January 2021.#