The two government hospitals in Imphal stated that they are running short of oxygen supplies.
Three PSA plants are currently functioning in the state.
The Manipur HC also directed that the state government should also indicate the steps taken to put in place a long-term plan for meeting future challenges to combat the pandemic.
As the Manipur government takes the huge risk of procuring oxygen supply from other states in the fight against the pandemic, one big question that arises is - Did the N Biren Singh-led government miss the opportunity of getting oxygen plants and a dedicated COVID-19 hospital from the Japanese government?
The press release issued by UNDP stated that the government of Japan and UNDP have joined hands to boost oxygen supply in the Northeastern region in India.
The high court issued the directive on Monday in connection with a PIL filed before the high court, seeking the court's direction to procure sufficient oxygen and ICU beds for COVID-19 patients.
The restriction of oxygen supply for non-medical purposes will be exempted for manufacture of ampoules, vials, oxygen cylinders, pharmaceutical companies and defence forces, stated a government order.
Earlier, the Centre had supplied 90 ventilators to Manipur under PM Cares Funds.
CM Biren called upon the people of the state to strictly utilise their civic sense and self-discipline as a strong means to prevent themselves from getting infected by COVID-19.