One COVID-19 suspect case in Mnp

Correspondent IMPHAL, MAR 23 | Publish Date: 3/23/2020 9:50:27 AM IST

Manipur government declares lockdown 

Coupled with detection of a suspect COVID-19 case, the Manipur government maximised its preventive measures by declaring total lockdown in the state.

Monday’s status update on COVID-19 issued by Manipur medical directorate stated that one suspect case of corona virus was admitted at a government hospital in Imphal.

Information from various sources said that a truck driver, who arrived from Delhi was suspected to be infected by the disease, has been put in the isolation ward opened at JNIMS hospital, Imphal. 

The driver is being examined by doctors at the isolated ward of the hospital. The result of his sample sent for test is awaited, the source said.

As per the status update on COVID-19, so far sample of 20 individuals have been tested for COVID-19 in the state and all results returned negative.

Meanwhile, a cabinet meeting chaired by chief minister N Biren Singh today decided to impose total lockdown in the state with immediate effect till March 31. The meeting reaffirmed to take up maximum precaution and safety measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the state. 

Emergency and essential services including grocery and vegetable sellers, etc would be exempted from the lockdown, a government release said.

It stated that the cabinet meeting held at CM’s Secretariat reviewed various precautionary and preparatory measures that have been taken up in the state on possible outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic. 

The meeting decided to create a Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund for making available funds promptly for emergency requirements with a Corpus Fund of Rs 10 crore, it added. 

The government release said public may make contributions to the fund for which an account has been opened in the Manipur State Co-operative Bank Ltd with account number 70600875695 (IFSC Code: YESBOMSCB01 and MICR Code: 795808002). 

The cabinet also decided opening of a Central COVID-19 Control Room (24X7) under state health department at CM office complex. The control room would be manned by the personnel from various departments including police department.  

The cabinet decided that home quarantine would be imposed for all travellers/persons entering Manipur with immediate effect. 

After the cabinet meeting, state health department issued an order regarding the matter. It stated that all travellers (foreign or domestic) entering into Manipur, whether by air or land will be put under home quarantine for a period of 14 days from the date of entry into the state with immediate effect.

The cabinet further decided to release NFSA rice for April 2020 in advance and free of cost to beneficiaries as a special humanitarian measure.

JNIMS and RIMS would earmark dedicated blocks for only COVID-19 patients, as an advance preparation. 

The cabinet further resolved that all cabinet ministers will donate a month’s salary to Manipur State COVID-19 Fund. The cabinet further appealed to all government servants to donate a day’s salary to the fund. 



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