A special train from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, carrying stranded residents of Manipur due to the nationwide lockdown imposed to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, reached Jiribam Railway Station on May 20.
All the returnees travelling in the special train from Vijayawada were screened by the authorities. The returnees boarded the buses after undergoing necessary screening process and other mandatory procedures under the supervision of the Jiribam district administration. The returnees will remain in isolation at the community quarantine centres for 14 days.
Officials said the passengers were divided into groups belonging to different districts. Twelve passengers from Ukhrul and Noney districts, 28 passengers from Churachandpur and Pherzawl districts including a baby, 14 passengers from Tamenglong district, 20 passengers from Senapati and Kangpokpi districts, 15 passengers from Chandel district and 19 passengers from Tengnoupal district left for their respective districts in Transport department buses. The special train also brought back 3 passengers of Jiribam district.
Another 53 passengers from Bishnupur district, 61 passengers from Kakching district and 62 passengers from Thoubal district left for their respective districts. For the three districts, two buses each were utilised for transporting the passengers.
The remaining 80 passengers from Imphal East and Kamjong districts and 117 passengers from Imphal West district left in four buses deployed for each districts.
Manipur reported nine COVID-19 positive cases out of which two were released from the hospitals after they recovered.