Manipur: Curfew in 7 districts extended; 2 ex-ministers die due to Covid

IMPHAL, MAY 17: | Publish Date: 5/17/2021 1:27:55 PM IST


Curfew in Manipur’s seven Covid-19 severely hit districts have been extended till May 28 as the infection tally crossed a grim milestone of 40,000-mark on Monday.
Manipur government had imposed a nine-day curfew in seven districts-- Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur and Ukhrul districts- beginning from May 8 last.
The curfew was due to end by May 17 night, however, the same has been extended till May 28 by an order of the state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar.
On the other hand, the Covid-19 infection tally of the state crossed the 40,000-mark as 330 fresh positive cases were added in the past 24 hours.
The state health department, in its latest bulletin, showed detection of 330 fresh positive cases in the past 24 hours pushing the infection tally 40,059 and fatality tally to 592 with 14 more casualties during the same period.
The state also lost two former ministers in the last 24 hours, a day after it registered deaths of two doctors who were the frontline warriors in the fight against COVID-19.
The two former ministers who succumbed to the Covid complications were Vivekraj Wangkhem who was also the general secretary (national) of the National People’s Party (NNP) and former finance minister and veteran Laisom Latit.
Wangkhem died of Covid-19 complications at a hospital in New Delhi where he was admitted after testing positive for the viral infections around a week ago while Laisom Lalit breathed his last at a private hospital in Imphal Monday afternoon. 

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