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Mnp records highest spike of 426 COVID cases

Mnp records highest spike of 426 COVID cases
Manipur police carrying out rally to create awareness on COVID-19 in Imphal on Saturday. (NP)
Correspondent IMPHAL, OCT 17 | Publish Date: 10/17/2020 12:18:23 PM IST

 Manipur police carry COVID-19 awareness rallies

In the backdrop of ever surge in corona virus cases, Manipur police have intensified its crackdown on violators of COVID-19 guidelines and restrictions while creating awareness on the virus.

The  police personnel carried out rallies in different parts of the state, joining government ‘Jan Andolan for COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour’ initiative to create awareness.

The banner under which the police personnel carried out the rallies read ‘Stay Covid Free.’

The rallies were organized in parts of Imphal East, Imphal West, Tengnoupal districts on Saturday which witnessed the participation of health frontline workers.

A senior police officer said that the state police have supported the Jan Andolan, a programme of the Central government which was also launched by chief minister N Biren Singh recently.

The mass campaign by the police started from October 13 last and has been continuing at various parts of the state.

Besides the large number of police personnel, the rallies also witnessed participation of frontline Covid health workers and members of voluntary organisations like Indian Red Cross Society, Manipur state branch and local youth clubs.

Staff members of some private security service providers also participated in Saturday’s awareness rally in Imphal West district.

Distribution of face masks free of cost, asking people to ensure wearing face masks while going out in public places and to maintain physical distancing at public places were the highlights of the campaign rallies.

Imphal West SP K Meghachandra who flagged off the rally in the district today made people aware of the ban imposed on spitting at public places while urging them to observe cough etiquette like covering mouth and nose when coughing or sneezing at public places.

Stating that the district police have been conducting mass awareness campaign since October 13, the SP said that the campaign will be continued to reach the nooks and corners of the district.

He said that even while creating awareness, the drive against violation of guidelines and restrictions imposed by the state government and state disaster management authority to contain the spread of the pandemic was also conducted, 

Like in other states of the country, Manipur police were also conducting drives against violators of the guidelines and restrictions issued by the state government in connection with COVID-19 pandemic.

While detaining people for not wearing face masks in public places, failure to maintain social distancing in public places, spitting in public places, etc. to prevent the spread of the contagion, the police also penalised them by imposing fines at a rate fixed by the state government.

The drive was intensified a few days ago in the backdrop of ever surge in the COVID-19 positive cases, a senior police officer said.

The daily fine collection report of the state police department showed a collection of Rs 93,390 from 551 violators in Saturday’s crackdown across the state. 

The police have been conducting the drive since March 24 this year, the day the nationwide lockdown to slow the spread of the pandemic in the country came into force.

Till date, a total of 85,233 people have been penalised from whom  Rs 1,07,93090 have been collected as fines, the police report said. 

COVID-19 infection situation is worsening in Manipur which is shown by the ever surge in the positive cases.

The state recorded the biggest single-day spike of 426 COVID-19 cases on Saturday pushing the state's virus tally to 15,141. The new cases were from 4,435 tests conducted in the last 24 hours, according to the state health department.

The maximum number of the fresh cases was detected from the twin capital districts; 183 from Imphal West and 123 from Imphal East district. 

The death toll also climbed to 111 with two persons succumbing to the diseases in a span of 24 hours, the data updated at 4 pm showed.

A total of 198 patients including 43 CAPF personnel were also  discharged on Saturday, taking the recovery tally of the state to 11,443.

Taking serious note of the surge in the viral infections, the state government imposed a new strategy –focussed containment plan - with effect from Friday.

Under the plan, as many as seven localities in Imphal West district were identified as focussed containment zones and lockdown completely after mapping COVID-19 hotspot areas.

The cumulative number of positive cases of the state stood at 15,141 including 2,630 CAPF personnel.  Of this, 11,443 including 2,316 were recovered leaving 3,587 including 310 CAPF personnel as active cases.

The recovery rate of the state stood at 75.57% on Saturday as per the report of the state health department.

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