Mnp extends complete lockdown till Aug 15

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 6 | Publish Date: 8/6/2020 10:26:24 AM IST
Manipur has extended complete lockdown in the entire state till August 15 as new infections of COVID-19 continue to be detected amongst people with no history of travel outside the state.
The entire state has been under complete lockdown since July 23 after local transmission started around the middle of July. The state government had re-imposed the complete lockdown for one week, that is, till July 30. However, it was further extended till Thursday ( August 6).
The decision to extend the lockdown till August 15 was taken in a cabinet meeting convened by chief minister N Biren Singh on Thursday evening.
After thoroughly reviewing soaring cases of infections and the mode of spread amongst the locals with no history of travel outside the state, the cabinet decided to extend the complete lockdown, an official source said.
State chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar who is also the chairperson of the State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority has also issued an order on the extension of the lockdown. For the enforcement of the extended complete lockdown, deputy commissioners of all the districts were directed to issue order imposing curfew in their respective districts
Meanwhile, a 15-year-old boy from Bishnupur died at RIMS hospital due to COVID-29 today, taking the death toll to the pandemic in the state to eight.
The boy was infectedwhile being treated at the hospital. He was treated in the hospital for the last around two months after kidney failure.
He tested positive after the doctor attending to him was first infected by the virus. The doctor was among around 36 staff including doctors and nurses infected by the disease.
Two family members of the deceased boy who attended him at the hospital also tested positive. However, his mother who also attended him in the hospital tested negative, hospital sources said.
Following the death of the boy and two members of his family testing positive, Bishnupur district administration has sealed the village where the boy hailed from and declared it a containment zone.
On the other hand, of the 124 new COVID-19 positive cases confirmed today in the state, nine were personnel of the Central security forces and 94 of them were locally transmitted cases.
A report of the state health department said that the 124 persons including the nine Central security forces were confirmed in the past 24 hours.
Including the new cases, the state has 3217 COVID cases of which 536 were personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) and 2681 from the general population. 
A total of 43 patients were discharged on Thursday taking the total number of recovered cases to 1902.
Among the recovered persons, 851 were from the general population while the remaining 453 were Central security personnel, the report said.

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