COVID restrictions on Yaoshang festival in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, Mar 10 | Publish Date: 3/10/2021 12:42:11 PM IST

Even as there is marked improvement in the COVID situation in the state, Manipur government is  still apprehensive of a second wave of the pandemic during and after Yaoshang (Holi) festival. Keeping in mind possibility of a  second wave of COVID-19, Manipur government on Tuesday ordered restriction on Thabal Chongba (a kind of group dance during the festival) and Jatrawali during the Yaoshang festival.

Yaoshang which collides with the Holi festival, is a five- daylong event from March 28 in Manipur.

“No activity involving person-to-person contact such as Thabal Chongba and Jatrawali shall be permitted,” said an order of the state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar ,who is also chairman of the executive committee of State Disaster Management Authority,  stated. Yaoshang sports may be organised subject to observation of relevant SoPs, the order stated while directing DCs and SPs to strictly enforce restrictions.

The order observed that festivities of Yaoshang are likely to increase human interaction and physical contact which is not conducive to the second wave of COVID-19 infection being experienced in some states.

The order was issued in line with an order of Central government order allowing various activities subject to strict adherence to prescribed Covid Appropriate Behaviour and Standard Operating Procedures issued by the concerned Union ministries and the additional conditions relating to gatherings. On the other hand, the COVID-19 active case in Manipur increased to 35 as only two patients were discharged against seven fresh cases reported on Wednesday. The active case declined to 30 on Tuesday.

The seven new cases detected during testing of 1,252 samples in the past 24 hours (till 4pm of March 10) pushed the state’s overall COVID-19 caseload to 29,305, the state health department said in its daily update report. The number of samples tested for the viral disease in the state reached 5,59,258.

The caseload included 28,897 recoveries, adding the two patients discharged today upon recovery. 

Of the 35 active cases, one is a personnel of the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF). The recovery rate of the state declined to 98.60% against Tuesday’s 98.62%. The death toll from the Covid-19 in the state remained at 373 as no fatality was reported on Wednesday for 29 consecutive days. The state reported no death since February 8 last. The total number of people vaccinated against COVID-19 in the state also reached 72,387 with 1,806 people vaccinated today. The beneficiaries included 30,551 healthcare workers, the health department added.

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