Manipur sends lockdown proposal to Centre amid unabated Covid-19 surge

Chief Minister N Biren has called for an emergency meeting on Thursday.

In view of the unabated surge in the number of COVID-19 deaths and positive cases in the state, the Manipur government has reportedly sent a proposal to the Home Ministry for a total lockdown in the state.

A highly placed source said that the proposal was sent on Monday by chief secretary seeking permission to reimpose lockdown for at least 10 days which may be extendable to 14 days. While it is not yet clear on what grounds the lockdown was sought, the Ministry has not given its reply yet, the source added.

Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Tuesday convened an emergency meeting on Thursday to deliberate on the present situation arising out of COVID-19 pandemic. Initially, the meeting was called on Wednesday. Later, it was deferred to Thursday.

The meeting will be attended by all the cabinet ministers, state consultative committee for COVID-19, Joint Committee of CSOs on Awareness, State COVID Task Force, Officials of Health Department, Deputy Commissioners (Imphal East/West) and representatives of People’s Task Force on COVID-19.

Meanwhile, four more deaths pushed Covid-19 death toll in Manipur to 121 while the confirmed tally rose to 16,062 as 284 more people tested positive for the virus on Tuesday, the state health department said.

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First Published:Oct. 21, 2020, 12:30 a.m.

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