Three more suspected case of COVID virus have been admitted at Isolation wards of JNIMS and RIMS, a source said. Total number of suspected case in India reaches 206, while one more reportedly died in Rajasthan reaching the fatalities to 5.
Imphal, March 20
Leader of the opposition and leader of Congress Party Okram Ibobi today appealed the government to take up extra precautionary measures to fight the COVID-19 pandemic which is killing people across the globe.
“It is lucky that as of now there are no confirmed report of COVID-19 case in the state of Manipur but as the pandemic is spreading across the country and the world and Manipur having porous border with Myanmar need to take up extra precautionary measures to make sure that people are safe”, Okram Ibobi said to reporters at his official quarters today morning.
Member of the Congress Working Committee Gaikhangam, MLA Joykishan, MLA Govindas, MLA Ranjit, MLA AK Mirabai, MLA Meghachandra, among others were also present during the press conference.
Ibobi further said that this pandemic is a war against all human being and we need to fight this collectively. He said that Congress party will extend all possible help.
The former Chief Minister said that Bengal government had earmark a sum of Rs. 200 core to fight the coronavirus pandemic and as the issue is a serious one the state government should also earmark a specific amount to tackle the spread of the deadly virus.
The leader of the opposition while acknowledging the precautionary measures of the government to fight the corona virus however express displeasure to the way that the government is leaving people coming to Imphal at airport and other land route simply by checking their body temperature.
He said expert had already stated that the virus when stayed in a human body showed no symptoms for around 10 to 14 days and thus those with no symptom have the possibility of showing symptom of the disease after 14 days.
“Each and every person coming from outside the state and even those Manipuri who return should be quarantined at least for this stage”, Ibobi said questioning if the government had taken up any such measures. He however appreciated the government for opening some selected placed along the Tiddim line for quarantined.
On the other hand he also appealed to speed up expanding the isolation wards as there are possibility of outbreak unless the government take extra care.
Rabi Takhellambam, a resident of Kairembikhok Mayai Leikai, ThoubaI District has been in the field of Journalism for more than 10 years. Rabi, is well known for his reporting from Thoubal side and Indo-Myanmar border. Rabi is also a member of All Manipur Working Journalist Union, the parent body of Journalist Union in Manipur. He can be contacted by email at [email protected]