COVID testing on payment to start shortly

By Our Staff Reporter
IMPHAL, Jul 4: Director Health Services Dr K Rajo today said a COVID-19 testing facility where sam-ples would be tested on payment will be opened shortly in the State but BPL and frontline workers may not be charged any money.
Speaking to media persons at a press meet held today at the Directorate of Health Services, Lamphel-pat, he further said that testing will be done using TrueNat machines and the report will be given within an hour. 
A 100-bedded COVID care facility will be set up shortly at GNM School which is located close to Thoubal District Hospital, he said.
He also informed that there are very few pending samples left for testing.
He said the total number of positive cases reported so far is 1316 with 677 active cases and 639 discharged after recovery. The recovery rate is 48.6 percent.
Health Director Dr Kh Sasheekumar Mangang speaking at the press meet clarified that the incident of Jiribam where an ASI and many other police personnel tested positive is not community transmission but cluster transmission.
Dr Meena Seram, who is in-charge of management of testing laboratory for COVID-19, said the cost of testing will be Rs 2400 and other details will be announced in two to three days time.
There are in total nine TrueNat testing machines in the State,  she added.