Slew of COVID-19 restrictions by Manipur government

In view of the second wave of COVID-19 pandemic in the country and the ever increasing number of COVID-19 positive cases of the disease in the state, the Manipur government on Monday announced various measures to avoid any kind of unwanted consequences likely to occur in near future.

Reports said that police at the inter-state border gates including Jiribam and Mao have intensified ‘checking’ passengers.

The state government also extended the night curfew hours. On Saturday, the state government had ordered imposition of the night from 8 am till 4am every day. However, the curfew hours will be from 7 pm till 5 am every day, as per an order issued on Monday.

Schools for Class-IX to XII have also closed down with effect from Monday. The state government had earlier closed down schools for classes below VIII recently.

The exams including Class-X and XII to be conducted by Board of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (BoSEM) and Council of Higher Secondary Education Manipur (CoHSEM) due to commence from May 6 and May 5 respectively indefinitely.

State government offices were also asked to reduce the attendance 50% with immediate effect.
Meanwhile, the state recorded 54 fresh cases of COVID-19 reported and one death in the past 24 hours, taking the COVID-19 infection tally to 29,775 and fatality tally to 377.

As per the update report of the state Health department, all the 54 new infections were from the general population with a maximum infection in the twin capital districts. Imphal East district reported 24 and 22 in Imphal West, as per the report.

Five of the rest were from Thoubal district and one each from Churachandpur and Kangpokpi district.
In the past 24 hours, one person aged 61 years (male) from Imphal West district expired due to the COVID-19, taking the fatality tally to 377.

The state further recorded 12 recoveries, taking the total number of recoveries in the state to 29,102 on Monday.

The number of active cases also increased to 296 and the recovery rate declined to 97.73%, the state Health Department said.

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