Manipur govt extends lockdown till June 30

Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced on Sunday extension of the ongoing lockdown till June 30.

Manipur govt extends lockdown till June 30
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Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced the extension of the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown till June 30 on sunday. Stating that lockdown was one of the preventive way to tackle further spread of the disease, Singh maintained the decision to extend the curbs was taken to save the lives of the people. He said the operations of the MSME sector, agriculture and horticulture related activities, and work under the NREGA will be allowed during the lockdown.

However, social distancing norms, advisories and protocols laid down by WHO and the Health Ministry must be followed by the people, Mr Singh said. The chief minister also announced that a 100-bed dedicated COVID-19 hospital would be set up within 10 days in the state.

Highlighting some of the measures taken up by the government to tackle the pandemic, he said the number of tests in the laboratories at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) here have increased to above 1,000 tests daily and thermal scanners have been installed at Imphal airport. Singh stated that the government has directed the chief medical officers of all districts to recruit volunteers and trained nurses.