'Failure to follow government measures causing coronavirus spread in Manipur'

The All Manipur Nupi Marup said the complaints lodged by inmates have clearly shown that WHO guidelines are not strictly adhered to in the state quarantine centres.

Manipur, which became a green zone after the first two infected cases had recovered, is today witnessing increasing COVID-19 cases ever since thousands of stranded people started returning to the state in hordes. Till today, majority of the infected cases are returnees from other parts of the country, including the 63 new cases reported on Monday. As the number keeps rising at an alarming rate, the All Manipur Nupi Marup (All women’s organization) has stated that failure to follow government measures is causing rise in coronavirus spread in the state.

The AMNM on Monday alleged in a release that the increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state is due to the failure to follow government measures at quarantine centres.It pointed out that complaints lodged by inmates have clearly shown that WHO guidelines are not strictly adhered to in quarantine centres.

Recently inmates of a quarantine centre in Thoubal took out a violent protest and caused damage to college properties, as more and more inmates in the centre were being tested positive of the disease. However, the inmates on Monday, apologized to the authorities for their behavior. Inmates say sorry for violent protest at Thoubal quarantine …

Expressing serious concern, the AMNM urged the government to acquire portable test kits and conduct rigorous testing of all returnees. Identification of heart, kidney and diabetic patients and prioritization of their tests would be required, it said.

Strict vigilance of quarantine centres must be ensured, the AMNM added in the release.

On Monday, the state reported 63 new COVID-19 cases, taking the total number of cases in the state to 272 and active cases stood at 214, the state health department said.

According to state health department spokesperson Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, of the new cases, 34 are Bishnupur, 18 from Kakching, three from Kamjong, two each from Ukhrul, Senapati and Imphal West and one each from Kangpokpi and Noney. All the new cases reported on Monday are returnees from other states, he said in a release.

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First Published:June 9, 2020, 9:33 a.m.