Among the 2 confirmed case of COVID -19 in Manipur, the first patient, who was tested positive on March 24 has been reported recovered. The Nijamuddi Markus incident, which alerted and panics the entire state, has also been normalized after family members of the 2nd positive case which was confirmed at RIMS were tested negative. The government is somehow relieved as there are no findings of any community transmission happening in the state. The good news is that all the other persons who had attended the religion congregation have also been tested negative, which means that the fear of community transmission still is not happening. With these certain development, fear psychosis among the people has been somehow minimized. This containment to the spread of the deadly virus should not only be credited to the Chief Minister or his entire team but also to the people who have been co-operating to the measures being taken up by the government. While saying so are we people of the state secure from the pandemic COVID-19? Does the government of Manipur needs more stringent measures to make sure that Manipur remains safe un-infected from the invisible enemy of human kinds?
To be précised we the people in particular and the government in general have a lot of tasks ahead. The government needs to take more stringent measures to prevent spreading the virus as Manipur has already 2 positive cases (no matter one have been reported recovered). Health advisory issued earlier during initial stage of the COVID-19 pandemic needs to be reviewed. For example, the state government under the directives of the Union government have advice to people to maintain a distance of at least one metre while buying essential commodities and to use mask approved by the government . The strictures also appealed to stay indoor all persons at home but allowing only those in need to come out. Today, Scientist have started studying the characteristic of the Novel Coronavirus and find many more development day after tomorrow. Initial findings says people to distance only one metre when new findings says that the virus can travel two meters and can survive for three hours .
According to Manipur borne scientist serving at a decorated at US the virus can spread more parameters in rooms – where people enjoy party. The whole of the room may have been filled with the virus if someone affected cough or speak laud with sprinkling his saliva.
In view of the recent development Manipur Government needs to review the health advisory while continuing the total lockdown.
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