Manipur government has notified Greater Imphal as a containment zone, suspending all activities and movement of persons even as the state continues to witness the spike in COVID-19 cases.
An order of the state Home department notifying the whole of Greater Imphal as a containment zone with immediate effect stated that it will remain in force for seven days.
All activities and movement of persons except the permitted activities will remain suspended during the period, the order added.
Apart from all healthcare service related activities, the permitted activities during the seven days included all employees and personal staff working in home, health, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement healthcare workers.
All persons going for COVID-19 vaccination, Covid testing and medical emergencies were also relaxed from the restrictions.
All vegetable, fish, meat vendors (except Ima Keithel), milk booths, local grocery shops will be allowed to open from 6 am till 10 am while maintaining physical distance.
Wholesale shops in Imphal may open at the rate of one in three shops on rotation during the same hours. Petrol pumps may open as usual but should ensure there is no crowding.
Movement of all establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom service providers are also allowed. Imphal Airport will also remain open and movement of staff and passengers will be permitted, the order stated.
The twin capital district of the state, Imphal East and Imphal West has been the epicentre of the spread since the second wave of COVID-19 hit the state around a month ago.
The twin districts alone continued to share the maximum number of daily infections. The latest daily report of the state health department showed 205 out of 314 new infections in these two districts.
Imphal West district reported 128 new infections while 77 in Imphal East.