COVID-19: Manipur government bans person to person contact activities during Lai Haraoba festival

After issuing the order to ban activities involving person to person contact during the forthcoming Yaoshang (Holi) festival, the Manipur government further issued another restriction to ban such activities during Lai Haraoba festival in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Lai Haraoba is also a festival associated with the Meetei community.

The festival is usually celebrated with the onset of summer at the temple of the Umang Lai located almost at very localities and villages across the Meeitei inhabited areas.

Celebration by way of music and dance and “leela” are not permitted, an order issued by the Manipur chief secretary who is also the chairman of state executive committee of State Disaster Management Authority on Monday stated.

The festival can be celebrated only with minimum necessary religious activities/rituals, the order added while asserting that the festivities of Lai Haraoba is another activity where large gathering is expected with human interaction and physical contact. The order further restricted exceeding the gathering during the festival to 50 persons. The order also directed all deputy commissioners and district superintendents of police to enforce the restriction strictly.

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The restriction imposed on certain activities during the Lai Haraoba was after the state government on March 9 last, ordered restriction on Thabal Chongba and Jatrawali during the Yaoshang festival. While imposing the restriction, mention may be made here, the state government expressed apprehension of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic during and after Yaoshang (Holi) festival.

The state government is apprehensive of the second wave even as there is marked improvement in the COVID situation in the state.

Meanwhile, two fresh positive cases reported in the last 24 hours pushed the COVID-19 infection tally of Manipur to 29,315 on Tuesday.

The infection tally included 28,918 recoveries. The recoveries included two patients who were discharged upon recovery from the viral disease on Tuesday.

The state has 24 active cases. These active cases included one CAPF personnel. The recovery rate of the state stood at 98.64%.

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The death toll due to COVID-19 in the state remained at 373 as no fatality was reported on Tuesday.
On the other hand, with 1072 people vaccinated today, the total number of people who received vaccines against COVID-19 in the state reached 77,127. Among them 30,835 were healthcare workers.


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