Quarantine compulsory for people entering state: Mnp CM

Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 21 | Publish Date: 3/21/2020 12:48:41 PM IST

People coming from COVID-hit countries and other states of India will be quarantined upon entering the state, said chief minister N Biren Singh today, adding that necessary steps for opening quarantine facilities have been taken up, 

He said quarantine centres will be set up at appropriate selected places at Mao bordering with Nagaland, Jiribam bordering with Assam and at Imphal Airport.

All people including locals entering coming from countries and states of the country affected by COVID-19 will be quarantined before entering the state, he said. In the prevailing, the state government was considering release of rice at low rates to the beneficiaries of National Food Security Act (NFSA), the chief minister asserted.

He appealed to citizens not to indulge in hoarding of essential commodities and assured that there was no disturbance in the normal flow of essential items imported from outside in the state.

The chief minister was speaking to reporters during a surprise visit to JNIMS and RIMS hospitals to take stock of the preparedness in the two government in case infected persons were found in the state. The chief minister also took stock the preventive measures taken up in the city areas after the state government ordered closure of all important market places in the state.

He expressed his satisfaction on the preparedness of the two hospitals in fighting the disease incase it spreads in the state.

During the inspection, Singh inquired about requirements to tacke the disease which declared as pandemic by WHO. 

JNIMS had already kept ready a 30-bedded isolation wards while RIMS is all set to open 40 bedded isolation wards in addition to the existing one. 

“I am happy with the way RIMS and JNIMS authorities are preparing for tackle the spread of the disease with extreme seriousness”, he said.

He added that “even though no positive case is found in the state, it is the need of the hour to prepare whatever we can,” he added. 

Meanwhile, an order of the state government has restricted visitors in the secretariats complexes of the state with immediate effect from today. The state government further announced closure of all sections of malls, shopping complex except one selling groceries and vegetables till March 25.

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