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Fighting COVID-19: lockdown is not the best policy – RPF

IT News
Imphal, May 24:

In view of the inconveniences faced by the daily wage earners, proscribed group Revolutionary Peoples’  (RPF) questions the rationale behind the prolonged lockdown  to contain the COVID-19 pandemic  in Manipur.
A statement by Roben Khuman , Secretary Publicity of the RPF said that the COVID-19 which originated from Wuhan of China had spread to over 200 countries across the world. Considering the lockdown as the only means to contain the COVID-19 pandemic as no medicine has been invented so far. However, as the Lockdown entered 4 stages it is time to ponder on how long it will continue, the RPF said.
 The statement further said that in countries like South Korea, Japan, Spain, Singapore Cuba and Cambodia etc. proper health policy has been framed and relaxed the lockdown. Even in India too, certain areas mark as Red Zone has relaxed various sectors after the Lockdown 4 even as aviation, metro, mall, school, college, university and logistic has remain lockdown. Even the World health Organisation (WHO) has stated that we have to live with the virus.
The ongoing lockdown has created extreme suffering to the workers. Had the government of Manipur taken up appropriate measures when it was green zone some suffering could have been relived. Lack of proper screening and proper quarantine center at Mao and Jiribam has created apprehension to the people, the statement said.  Continuation of the lockdown without maintaining proper quarantine centre and conducting test is not a appropriate policy, the statement added.
The RPF said that following the lockdown for long will tarnish the work culture among the people of the state. It added that the COVID -19 pandemic should be taken as an opportunity to improve the economy of the state.  

Rinku Khumukcham

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