10-day COVID curfew: Life comes to grinding halt in Manipur

10-day COVID curfew: Life comes to grinding halt in Manipur
Deserted Imphal street on day one of 10-day strict curfew to control spread of COVID-19.
Correspondent IMPHAL, JUL 18 | Publish Date: 7/18/2021 1:12:32 PM IST

Daily life came to a grinding halt across Manipur as the 10-day strict curfew to curb the spread of COVID-19 disease began on Sunday.

All market places and streets across the state wore a deserted look due to the 10-day ‘strict curfew’, which will last till July 27. 

Most people preferred to stay indoors as police and youth clubs in local and village levels warned those violating the restriction.

Responding to the chief minister’s call to observe ‘strict curfew’, even shops in the localities and villages had shut their shutters on day one of the curfew.

The state government imposed the strict curfew to break the chain of transmission amid the ever surging cases of COVID-19 infections. Police and security forces were deployed across the Imphal city and its outskirts to implement the curfew.  Barricades and extra checkpoints were set up on the main roads to the city and its outskirts to regulate movement of people.

Police on duty assisted by the security force personnel were seen enforcing the curfew in a strict manner. While a majority of people abided by the curfew order and remained indoors, there were instances of violations too. The police stopped people coming out on the streets and few vehicles and questioned them if they came out violating the curfew. Those on duty with permitted activities were allowed to proceed but those who came out with no reason were detained and penalized.

Certain essential services have been exempted from the purview of the curfew, the officials said, urging the public to stay indoors.


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