COVID-19 lockdown in Manipur extended till Aug 31

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 15 | Publish Date: 8/15/2020 10:29:14 AM IST

Manipur government has extended the ongoing complete lockdown till August 31 to contain the spread of COVID-19 that progressed to the first phase of community transmission.

The State Technical Expert Committee on COVID-19 has recently concluded that the state has moved to the first phase of community transmission as indicated by the high number of local transmission detected continuously during the past few weeks.

The committee submitted a proposal to the state government to declare community transmission of COVID-19 in the state, an official source said.

Manipur has been under complete lockdown since July 23 with certain relaxation for  essential services and shops from July 31. Curfew will be enforced from 5pm till 6am and relaxed during the day time.

An order regarding the extension of the complete lockdown till August 31 was issued by state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar who is also the chairperson of the State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority today, an official source said.

Meanwhile, the COVID-19 infection tally of the state rose to 4,390 with the detection of 192, including 46 locally transmitted cases and 131 Central security personnel in the past 24 hours (till 5 pm of August 15).

A report of the COVID-19 Common Control Room said that 61 locals (40 males and 21 females) and 131 personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) were confirmed as new COVID-19 positive cases in the state in the last 24 hours.

The new cases were found during testing of 2,754 samples including 1130 rapid antigen tests. The state has tested 1,12,780 samples so far, a source in the state health department said. Of the 61 new cases detected among the general populace, 46 of them have no recent significant travel history. 

The COVID-19 related death toll stood at 13 as there was no report of pandemic related fatality from any part of the state in the past 24 hours, the source said. Analysis of the latest COVID-19 report of the state health department indicated that of the total 4390 positive cases in the state, 1081 were personnel of CAPF posted in the state which included the 131 new cases confirmed on Saturday.

The number of active cases was 1939 including 852 CAPF personnel. Recovered cases rose to 2438 (2209 from general populace and 229 from CAPF) with the discharge of 78 persons on Saturday.

Of the 78 patients discharged today, 37 were CAPF personnel, the source said. The recovery rate of the state stood at 55.53%.



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