UT News Service | Imphal, July 22: Manipur state government will be imposing 7 days complete lock-down from 23 July, 2:00pm. The decision was taken at the emergency cabinet meeting late Wednesday. But the lockdown will be extended if need be after 7 days.
Chief Minister, N Biren tweeted, “In view of the current COVID-19 situation in Manipur, the emergency State cabinet meeting has decided to impose total lockdown for 7 days starting from 02:00 pm of July 23, 2020 which might be extended further for 7 more days. I appeal all to abide by lockdown guidelines”.
Addressing a press conference after the cabinet meeting, chief minister N Biren Singh said that the decision to impose complete lockdown in the whole of the State was taken after the cabinet deliberated on the impending COVID-19 crisis in the State. He hinted that the lockdown which was necessitated to contain further spread of the pandemic may be extended further for one more week if required.
The COVID-19 situation in the State is grim as more persons with no history of travel outside the State tested positive for the disease in the last few days.
Even though, state Health department said that there was no evidence of community transmission in the State till date, they admitted occurring local level transmission after many persons with no travel histories tested positive for the virus. After Jiribam, locally transmitted cases were detected in Thoubal district where the district administration had already imposed curfew to check further spread of the disease.