File Photo: Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh

As a preventive measure to stop further spread of COVID-19, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh on May 31 said that the lockdown in the state will be continued till June 30.

Stating that lockdown is one of the preventive ways to stop further spread of the disease, the chief minister maintained that the imposition of lockdown and curfew is to save the lives of the people.

The chief minister said that the MSME sector, agriculture and horticulture-related activities, MNREGS work etc. will be allowed during this phase of the lockdown.

However, he cautioned that social distancing and advisories and protocols which were laid down by WHO and health ministry must be obeyed by the people.

Highlighting some measures taken up by the government to tackle the pandemic recently, the chief minister said that a 100-bedded dedicated COVID-19 hospital would be set up within 10 days in the state. The number of tests in the laboratories at RIMS and JNIMS has been increased to above 1000 tests per day and thermal scanners have been installed at Imphal International Airport, he added.

Singh stated that the government has directed the chief medical officers of all districts to recruit volunteers and trained nurses.

He stated that the number of institutional and community quarantine centres have been increased so as to accommodate the natives returned from different states.

Urging the people not to panic, the chief minister said that there is no community transmission of the disease in the state till now.

Singh informed that till now 71 COVID-19 cases have been detected in the state and out of which 11 patients have fully recovered from the disease.

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