COVID: Night curfew re-imposed in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, NOV 27 | Publish Date: 11/27/2020 11:49:40 AM IST

In its bid to break COVID-19 spread in the state, the Manipur government on Friday announced re-imposition of night curfew in the entire state with immediate effect.

State chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar who is also the chairman of the State Executive Committee of the State Disaster Management Authority today ordered the re-imposition of the night curfew from 6pm till 4am.

There will be relaxation to the movement of essential services, goods trucks and officials on duty during the curfew hours.

Further, hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, dispensaries and all chemists and pharmacies will also be exempted from the curfew, it added.

The chief secretary, in his order, directed district magistrates of all the districts of the state to issue necessary orders on the re-imposition of night curfew

The order also re-imposed restrictions on gathering of more than 20 people at social and customary ceremonies.

“Social and customary ceremonies should be organised for family members only and in case some other persons are required to attend the ceremony or function, the size of the gathering should be restricted to 20 or less persons strictly”, the order stated. Manipur witnessed rapid surge in the COVID-19 infections among the general populace in the last few months despite various restrictions imposed to break the chain of spread of the virus.

The daily update of the state health department on COVID-19 status showed seven COVID-19 related casualties and 222 fresh infections in the last 24 hours (till 4pm of November 27).

The deaths of seven patients in the past 24 hours was the second biggest single-day COVID-19 casualty recorded in the state ever since spread of the disease in the state in March last.

Earlier, nine deaths in a single-day was recorded in the state on November 2 last.

The death toll due to the pandemic in the state rose to 256 on Friday.

The infection tally of the state also rose to 24,514 after 222 fresh cases were reported during testing of 2,521 samples in the past 24 hours. So far, a total of 4,13,240 samples have been tested in the state till date.

As per the daily update report, of the 222 new infections reported on Friday, 218 persons (120 males and 98 females) were from the general population and four personnel from Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).

Of the seven COVID fatalities reported on Friday, four were from Imphal West and three from Imphal East district. Except a 32-year-old woman from Imphal East, others deceased were males.

Meanwhile, 208 more patients recovered on Friday, pushing the recovery tally to 21,006. The recovery rate was 85.68 per cent.

The numbers of active COVID-19 cases in the state stood at 3,252 on Friday which includes 306 were CAPF personnel

Meanwhile, the state health authority has identified four districts as COVID-19 hotspot regions of the state where sero-surveillance will be initiated from November 30.

Addressing the weekly press briefing on COVID-19 status, state principal secretary health Vumlunmang Vualnam named the four COVID-19 hotspot districts as Imphal West, Kakching, Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts.

“We will start sero-surveillance in these four districts, targeting to collect 4,600 samples, from November 30,” he said. 

He added that 1380 samples each will be collected from the two valley districts of Imphal West and Kakching and 920 each from the two hills district of Ukhrul and Churachandpur districts and sought the cooperation and support of the people.

The surveillance will be carried out by 12 teams comprising five members in each team and the primary objective of the surveillance was to check the spread of the contagion, he said.

State health director said that the state government was leaving no stone unturned to contain the spread of the pandemic in the state.

Dr L Swasticharan, assistant deputy general of Union ministry of health service who was deputed in the state to assist the state government in fighting the pandemic said that the night curfew (from 6pm till 4am) is being imposed in the state in a bid to break the chain of spread of the virus.


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