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Total lockdown for a week from tomorrow: CM

by Rinku Khumukcham
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Imphal, July 22

 

Chief Minister N. Biren Singh stated that the State Cabinet today decided to impose total lockdown in the State from tomorrow for one week which might be extended to another week, if required. This was announced by him at the press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today. 

Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister stated that after thoroughly accessing the present situation, the total lockdown will come into effect from 2 p.m. of 23rd July, 2020. During the lockdown, curfew will be imposed throughout the State. Only essential services will be exempted during this period, he added. 

Chief Minister mentioned that penalties will be given to those lockdown violators during the period. For violation of quarantine guidelines – Rs. 1000, not wearing face masks in public places – Rs. 200, violation of social distancing norms – Rs. 200, spitting in public places Rs. 500, chewing of gudka, pan etc. – Rs 200 will be fined. He appealed to the people to take necessary precautions, abide the guidelines and protocols issued by the government to fight against the disease. 

Stating that the government is closely monitoring the situation from time to time, N. Biren Singh mentioned that out of the total 2105 cases, a total of 1600 persons have been recovered from the disease and the present active cases stands at 615. The recovery rate is around 68 % and  around 73,000 persons have been tested for COVID-19 in the State till now, he added. 

The Chief Minister said that to facilitate COVID-19 patients in the State, the total number of beds available at Covid Care Centres is 1289. Another 300-500 beded Covid Care Centre (CCC) at Lamboikhongnangkhong, Imphal West, 100 beded CCC at Jiribam and Kangpokpi being built will be completed soon.

N. Biren Singh highlighted that around 8000 persons are being quarantined at Institutional Quarantine Centres and around 1700 persons at Community Quarantine Centres in the State. He further mentioned that the Cabinet also decided to recruit 100 doctors, 90 nurses and 60 multi tasking staffs to combat COVID-19 on daily wages for a period of 6 months.

Minister for Forest and Environment Awangbow Newmai, Chief Secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu, Principal Secretary (Health) Shri V. Vumlunmang and others were present during the press conference.

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