KIMACS appeals to make proper rules for quarantine centres

"Returnees in the quarantine centres came out of the centres to buy alcohols and spend leisure time in the centres without maintaining social distancing."

Expressing concerns that community spread of COVID-19 may occur in the state, Kanglei Indigenous Martial Arts and Cultural Society (KIMACS) has appealed to the returnees in the state to act responsibly and also expressed the need of making proper norms and rules for the quarantine centres.

Secretary, publicity and information, KIMACS, Saityamjit Meetei appealed to Manipur civil voluntary organisations based outside the states to give proper awareness to the returnees before they leave their respective states, said a release.

Stating that many returnees who arrived in the state through trains and private vehicles had not followed the norms of social distancing and other preventive measures in their journey, the release alleged that many of the returnees did not follow social distancing and other preventive norms even while staying in the quarantine centres.

It is also learnt that the returnees in the quarantine centres came out of the centres to buy alcohols and spend leisure time in the centres without maintaining social distancing.

Stating that thousands or returnees even from red zones areas are expected to reach the state in days to come, the release added that failing to take up stringent precautionary measures can let to the increase in number of COVID-19 cases in the state.

Instead of giving full focus on punishing and imposing fine on lockdown violators under Disaster Management Act, the security forces should take responsibility in taking appropriate actions against individuals violating quarantine norms, it added.

It also appealed to the chief minister to relax the lockdown from the student organisation and civil voluntary organisations since they are also serving people in the state.

First Published:May 24, 2020, 12:17 a.m.

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