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Covid-19: Manipur imposes curfew till Aug 7

Correspondent IMPHAL, Aug 3 | Publish Date: 8/3/2021 12:16:36 PM IST

In a grim milestone, Manipur on Tuesday crossed the one lakh-mark in number of people infected by coronavirus so far. The state achieved the grim milestone even as stricter curfew to break the chain of transmission of the virus entered its 17th day and it was extended for another four days (till August 7). 

The state registered 753 cases and 14 fatalities in the last 24 hours. The total virus tally in the state stands at 1,00,625, and the death toll at 1,592. On the positive side, 1063 COVID-19 patients were cured and discharged from various hospitals in the state, taking the total number of COVID-19 recovery to 89,543. The recovery rate stands at 88.98%.

The number of active COVID-19 cases in the state after taking into account the cured and dead stands at 9,490. The 753 new cases were detected upon testing of 5,476 samples over the past 24 hours. The positivity rate is 13.75 per cent.

Of the 14 fatalities recorded in the past 24 hours, five of them were vaccinated against COVID-19 while nine of them had co-morbidities, the state health department said.

Five deaths each were reported in Imphal West and Imphal east, two in Bishnupur and one each in Ukhrul and Churachandpur, the department added.

Meanwhile, the Manipur government on Tuesday relaxed nine of the 16 districts of the state from “strict curfew” as it was extended for another four days, till August 7. The whole day curfew will be continued in seven districts where the positivity rate was still high and there will be curfew only in the night time (from 6pm till 5am) in the remaining nine districts, the state home department said, in an order issued on Tuesday. The strict curfew has been imposed in the entire region of the state since July 18 following rapid increase in the daily Covid infections in the state coupled with wide prevalence of Delta variant cases of the COVID-19. 

With the end of the curfew period today (Tuesday), the state government ordered an extension of another four days.

The four day strict curfew will be enforced in Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur and Chandel where the state authority observed “positivity rate still high’, the order stated.

It added that there will be strict night curfew (from 6pm to 5am) in the remaining nine districts –Pherzawl, Kamjong, Ukhrul, Jiribam, Kangpokpi, Senapati, Noney and Tamenglong.

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