Churachandpur: Covid-19 protocol goes for a toss as residents flock banks

While 41 more positive cases were reported today, people from all walks of life were seen lining up in front of banks to withdraw money in the district.

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Even after Churachandpur district witnessed a record 57 positive cases on Sunday, its residents abandoned Covid Appropriate Behaviour and threw all caution to the wind as they violated government issued guidelines by cramming together before banks to withdraw money on Monday.

While 41 more positive cases were reported on Monday, people from all walks of life were seen lining up in front of banks to withdraw money in the district.

Another dangerous trend on the rise is lockdown violators breaking speed limits as they ply up and down while there are no traffic police on duty to check them due to the lockdown.

Most of the people who visited the banks to withdraw money remained blissfully oblivious of the COVID 19 risk, said the police personnel who came to enforce guidelines.

The police also instructed the bank managers to issue tokens so that banking activities can be carried out smoothly without violating the SOPs.

Today’s incident revealed that the working system of the banks was rather slow as most of the people who came to withdraw money arrived as early as 6 am.

In regards to the issue, a meeting attended by DGP of Manipur, DIG range III, DC and SP along with CMO of Churachandpur and Civil bodies at YPA hall, Hiangtam Lamka was reportedly called at 11 am today.

Meanwhile, the new government order permits ATM services, including refilling of cash in ATMs.

On Monday, the cumulative number of COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur crossed the 40000-mark as 330 more persons tested positive for the viral infection in a span of 24 hours.

Manipur also recorded 14 more COVID-19 fatalities during the same period, pushing the death toll to 592, according to the latest update from the state health department. With the new positive cases, Manipur’s COVID-19 caseload reached 40,059, while the number of COVID-19 active cases in the state mounted to 6,338.

The new COVID-19 positive cases included 327 persons from the general population and three personnel from the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF), a release issued by the COVID-19 Common Control Room stated. 


First Published:May 18, 2021, 10:49 a.m.

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