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Mnp records biggest single-day spike of 94 COVID cases

Correspondent IMPHAL, Apr 20 | Publish Date: 4/20/2021 12:50:14 PM IST

Manipur on Tuesday logged its biggest single-day spike of 94 new cases of COVID-19 of the year and one fatality, taking the total number of infections to 29,869 and death tally to 378.

During the year 2021, the state had previously reported its biggest single-day spike of 85 on January 5. A total of 5,96,703 samples have been tested so far, out of which results of 1,953 received today.

The twin capital city alone accounted for 57, with 44 in Imphal West and 13 in Imphal East districts, of the total new infections, as per the latest bulletin of the state health department.

The day also saw four patients getting discharged upon recovery, taking the total discharges to 29,106.

According to the bulletin, the numbers of active cases in the state surged to 385 while the fatality tally 378 with a 29-year-old man from Thoubal district expired today at the district hospital. The recovery rate in the state further dipped to 97.44%. It was 97.73% the previous day (Monday).

On the other hand, amidst the ever increasing number of infections in the state in the last around two weeks, the Manipur government on Tuesday hiked the rate of penalty to be imposed on the violators of COVID-19 SOP and guidelines. Failure to wear face masks in public places will be fined Rs 1,000 as Manipur Epidemic Diseases (Enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines) Regulation, 2020 was amended in the backdrop of ever increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the state.

A gazette notification of the station government issued today said that a fine of Rs 400 will be imposed on those who failed to maintain social distancing in public places. Rs 1,000 will be fined on spitting in public places, Rs 400 for consumption of paan (kwa) and tobacco in public places, Rs 20,000 for gathering in excess of authorised number of persons on ceremonies and Rs 2,000 for violator of quarantine will be Rs 2,000 (on each occasion).

Any other violation of guidelines will be penalised with Rs 2,000 fine, the gazette notification added.

Meanwhile, after all the schools for Class- XII and below were closed down, Manipur Governor on Tuesday ordered closure of all the Central government teaching institutions in the state with immediate effect, taking in account the ever increasing number of COVID-19 infections in the state. The order of the Governor issued today, however, stated that examinations which have already scheduled may be held by strictly implementing Covid Appropriate Behaviours with all arrangements of physical distancing, sanitisation, thermal screening of teachers and students and others engaged in the conduct of the exam.

While issuing the order, the Governor reiterated the order of the state health department issued on April 15 last stating that entry of to the state will be allowed only on mandatory production of a negative RT PRC or TRUENET or CB-NAAT COVID-19 test report taken within 72 hours from the arrival in Manipur.

The Governor further stressed the need to check the spread of infection amongst the people who were already in Manipur by reducing the gathering of people especially in rooms or halls.

 

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