Quarantine centre made containment zone in Mnp

Quarantine centre made containment zone in Mnp
N Biren Singh
Correspondent IMPHAL, May 15 | Publish Date: 5/15/2020 12:55:25 PM IST

In the backdrop of detection of a fresh COVID-19 case, Manipur government is now keeping an eye on people entering to the state from outside.

A blanket ban on entering of people including stranded  people of the state into the state in private or individually hired vehicles has been imposed with immediate effect from today. 

The ban will be enforced for some time, said state chief minister N Biren Singh on Friday over telephone to a local cable TV network.

For effective management of people entering and exiting the state, the state government has also deputed two officers of commissioner ranks at Mao gate bordering Nagaland and Jiribam bordering Assam where currently entry and exit of people take place.

An order issued by state chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu directed two commissioners – M Harekrishna and Ranjit Singh to be stationed at Mao Gate and Jiribam gate along with DCs of Senapati and Jiribam respectively to  monitor movement of people at the two entry points.

The chief minister said that it was very unfortunate that a returnee was tested positive for the virus in the state . However, there was no need to panic as the state government is doing its  best to check the spread of the disease.

He said “how can we stop them (stranded people) returning their home when there are reports of discrimination against them at the place they are stuck coming up every day.”

“How can we ask them to stay when they can’t get food and other basic amenities,” the chief minister asked.

“To our luck, only one of the four returnees who travelled in the same vehicle tested positive,” he said.

At the same time, he said all returnees were carefully screened while entering the state even though they were released from the states where they were stranded after carefully being screened, he added.

An individual hailing from a locality in Imphal East district of the state who recently returned from Mumbai on a private vehicle tested positive for the pathogen to take the number of COVID-19 infected patients in the state to three.

As per his travel history, the person returned from Mumbai with his father (Cancer patient) on a private vehicle (CRETA-MN06LA 7176). The vehicle entered the state through Mao gate passing through Nagaland on NH-2.

He is the son of a COVID-19 lady who expired on May 5 due to the disease. They went to Mumbai for treatment of his father. Soon after their arrival, they were lodged at Jamia Halima Girls School at Khabeisoi in Imphal East, a community quarantine centre. The patient has been admitted at JNIMS isolated ward for treatment.

An order of the Imphal East district magistrate has immediately declared the community quarantine centre as containment area and taken up all necessary measure to check spread of the disease in the surroundings. 

Meanwhile, a source at JNIMS said that he was asymptomatic as of now.

Following the latest development coupled with arrival of large number of people from the state stranded outside  due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the state government has geared up to intensify its containment measures to check the spread of the contagion.

The state government has constituted District Rapid Response Teams (RRTs) and Surveillance Teams in all the districts, including 40 sub-surveillance teams in each district as preparatory arrangement.

“Quarantining of returning persons for 14 days and social distancing by all remain vital to break the spread of COVID-19 in Manipur. Everyone is requested to co-operate for collective safety of our state,” the control room functioning from the chief minister’s secretariat reminded.


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