Imphal, April 20
State Cabinet today decided to lift the lockdown in Agricultural sector of rural areas in the state among others however advised to follow the advisory of social and physical distancing to the farmers to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
The cabinet meeting began at 10:30 am today and lasted for around 3 hours while discussing whether to continue the lockdown in all sector or lift it at some sector as advised by the Prime Minister of the Country. Cabinet Ministers who attended the meeting deliberated on the issue of whether there is a need to continue the total lockdown or not. After the 2 COVID-19 positive patients in the state have been recovered the state at present is free from COVID -19 case and non who were reported to be close to the two patients have been tested positive proving that there is no community transmission in the state. However, as the situation across the country could not be contained and as the virus spread far wide across the globe, the Cabinet meeting chaired by the Chief Minister N. Biren Singh resolved for partial lifting of the lockdown at some sector but resolved to continue at urban areas including Imphal East and Imphal West.
The meeting also resolved to open grocery shops for at least 2 hours in all areas.
It may be mentioned that the Union government has issued additional guidelines permitting a few activities for non-containment zones from Monday onwards, while extending the 21-day till 3 May, to curb the spread of Covid-19, however Domestic and international air travel, Passenger trains, buses, metro, taxis, Interstate transport except for security and medical purposes, Industrial and commercial activities, Hospitality services, Educational, training and coaching institutions, Cinema halls, malls, gyms, bards, pools, entertainment parks, assembly halls, etc., All social, political, sports, complexes, religious places and other gatherings will continue to shut down.
The Union Government has also directed the State, UT and district administrations to decide the hotspots across the country. Hotspots are areas of large COVlD-19 outbreaks or clusters with a significant spread of the diseases, which will be determined as per the guidelines of the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. Besides, containment zones in hotspots will be demarcated by states/ UT district administration.