Manipur to extend lockdown for 15 more days from July 1

Inter-district bus service will be allowed to resume considering the hardships faced by the people from far flung places in carrying out small businesses, CM Biren said.

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh briefs media (PHOTO: IFP)
The State Consultative Committee for COVID-19, Manipur, in its meeting held on Saturday, has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for another 15 days from July 1 to 15, Chief Minister N Biren told media persons in Imphal on Sunday.
Inter-district bus service will also be allowed to resume by maintaining SOPs and guidelines issued by the government considering the hardships faced by the people from far-flung places in carrying out small businesses, Biren said.
The chief minister, however, said that no other public transport vehicles like autos will be allowed for the time being. 
While the government has not issued detailed order to this effect, the order is likely to be issued in the near future.
Briefing the media, he said that a maximum of five flights will be allowed to land at the Imphal airport from Monday. Besides, a special train carrying 1,258 passengers from Bengaluru is expected to reach the state, he added.
Considering the incoming of more returnees and the possibility of some of them becoming COVID-19 positive, the government is putting efforts to develop more Covid Care facilities in different districts with around 750 beds in total, Biren said.
The chief minister said that the 750 beds will be arranged in Senapati Trauma Centre (50 beds), Imphal West Family Welfare Training Centre (100 beds), Thoubal GNM School(100 beds), Lamboikhongnangkhong Trade Centre (300 beds), Kangpokpi BIET (50 beds), Churachandpur NIELIT (100 beds) and Tamenglong (50 beds).
At present, 100 beds in RIMS, 150 in JNIMS, 350 beds in COVID Care Centre, Meitram and 100 beds in Ukhrul are functioning as COVID Care facilities in addition to isolation wards and beds in each district hospitals, he added.
Biren also said that the testing capacity has been increased to 2,600 tests per day and there is no pending tests in testing centres.
Pointing out that a total of around 50,000 tests have been conducted so far, the chief minister said that the positivity rate in the state is only 2.31 per cent.
Till date, around 43,000 persons have been sent to institutional and community quarantine centres and there are only 7,200 people being put up in quarantine centres as of now, Biren added. 
“So far, there has been no community spread in the state even though some frontline workers like doctors, nurses and one catering service provider have tested positive,” he said and appealed to the people to follow guidelines and SOPs issued by the government.
The chief minister also stated that a sum of Rs 10 crore from State Corpus Fund and donations amount of Rs 14.41 crore received in the Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund are being used in the fight against the disease.
The state's total expenditure of Rs 18.22 crore have been made for transportation of returnees, purchase of rice, financial assistance to stranded persons and awareness activities by Committee of CSOs, Biren added.
First Published:June 28, 2020, 1:11 p.m.

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