Manipur reports highest single-day spike; 11-hour curfew extended till July 31

In view of the latest developments, the state government has amended the lockdown guidelines issued on June 30 and imposed a complete curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the entire state till July 31 or until further orders.

The Manipur government on Friday extended lockdown and curfew in the entire state till July 31 as it recorded the highest single day spike in COVID-19 cases with as many as 132 more people being confirmed COVID-19 positive in the last 24 hours since Thursday. With this highest single day spike, the cumulative number of positive cases in the state has jumped to 1,582.

In view of the latest developments, the state government has amended the lockdown guidelines issued on June 30 and imposed a complete curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the entire state till July 31 or until further orders following the Union Home Ministry suggestions. 

According to a release issued from COVID-19 Common Control Room, the fresh COVID-19 cases included 37 from Ukhrul, 28 from Kamjong, 24 from Imphal West, 11 from Kakching, 10 from Tamenglong, nine from Jiribam, eight from Thoubal, four from Senapati and one from Imphal East.

Meanwhile, a lady doctor of JNIMS and a hospital orderly of RIMS have been confirmed COVID-19 positive cases on Thursday and Friday respectively, it said. With it, the cumulative number of COVID-19 positive cases among healthcare workers has also reached eight.

However, the recovery rate is increasing and altogether 33 persons were discharged in the last 24 hours after they were found COVID-19 free on RT PCR test, it said. The number of active cases is 750 while that of recovered cases is 832. The recovery rate is 52.59 percent, the release stated.

It also said that newly confirmed cases will be shifted to the Covid Care facilities and all necessary medical precautionary measures like containment and contact tracing are in place.

Meantime, seven family members of two positive police personnel have been tested positive for COVID-19, as per latest reports. Two more police personnel posted at Jiribam Police Station were also tested positive for the virus.

As per government official report issued by additional director and spokesperson of state health department, Khoirom Sashekumar Singh mentioned that altogether 132 persons including 82 male and 50 females were tested positive in the last 24 hours.

A reliable source said that among the nine from Jiribam district who were found positive, seven people are the family members of police personnel who had already been tested positive of COVID-19 and remaining two are police personnel.

It is said that the two police personnel tested negative in the first test but later turned out to be positive on retest.

The first case of COVID-19 in Jiribam district was found on July 1. The test was reportedly conducted on June 24 and the result came on July 1. After the confirmation of the first infection, the number of COVID-19 infections has been increasing.

Though the first positive case has a history of travelling with his wife for a child case, his wife and child is still negative of COVID-19.

In view of the developing scenario, a government order issued on Thursday by chief secretary J Suresh Babu informed that the guidelines for lockdown issued on June 30 will be in force in the entire state until further orders or till July 31 whichever is earlier instead of July 15.

The order issued on June 30 had said that the guidelines will be enforced till July 15.

“There shall be complete curfew in the entire state from 6 pm to 5 am until further orders or till July 31 whichever is earlier,” it said.

The order further stated that deputy commissioners shall demarcate containment zones in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Health and Family Welfare Ministry (MoHFW). There shall be strict perimeter control and no movement of people should be allowed except for medical emergencies and maintenance of essential supplies, it said.

The order added that intensive contact tracing, house to house surveillance and other clinical interventions as per MoHFW guidelines shall be strictly implemented.

It also informed that bars have been added at SI NO 4 of the list in Annexure-l of the order dated June 30 containing activities that are prohibited throughout the state. 

The state government has allowed shops selling particular types of goods at major markets in Imphal - Thangal Bazar and Paona Bazaar - to reopen on alternate days, except Sunday.

According to a government order issued on Friday by chief secretary J Suresh Babu, shops in Thangal Bazar that sell goods clubbed under clothes/shoes/stationeries/sports/utensils/crockery, electronics/computers/mobiles/weaving yarn and motor parts/tyres/batteries are permitted to open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

Shops selling goods clubbed under luggage and bag/stationeries, cycle/computer/glass and ply/mobile/electronics, dry cleaners, clothes (only eastern side) and weaving yarn in Paona Bazaar are allowed to open on Monday, Wednesday and Friday.

On Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, shops in Thangal Bazar that sell goods clubbed under electrical/paint Aluminum, construction materials/ply wood/utensils/hardware/sanitary fittings/tiles/marbles can open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday, it said.

It further said that shops in Paona Bazaar that sell jewellery/cosmetic/photo studio/eyeglasses, clothes (only western side) and shoes/sports/eyeglasses are permitted to open on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday.

“Further, all wholesalers in Dharamshala and Thangal Bazar area are allowed to open from 6 am to 5 pm like the other shops,” it stated.

It, however, said that all small shops located in the lanes (gullis) of these two bazaars are not allowed to open irrespective of the type of item being sold.

The order also stated that guidelines issued on June 30 and July 9 remain unchanged except for the amended guidelines for shops reopening.

First Published: July 10, 2020, 6:39 p.m.