Manipur on Sunday reported three more COVID-19 related death cases, 248 fresh positive cases even as the new SOP (Standard Operating Procedure) seeking to ensure appropriate behavior to protect from the pandemic at the locality, village, and community levels came into force
Three male patients succumbed during the last 24 hours to take the number of the state’s COVID-19 fatality toll to 171, a press release of the COVID-19 Common Control Room stated on Sunday.
The patients of ages 70, 55, and 40 years died at JNIMS hospital where they were treated for viral infections. The victims were from Imphal West, Thoubal, and Imphal East districts, the press release also said.
Meanwhile, Manipur COVID-19 cases also rose to 18,750 on Sunday. 2,257 samples were tested in the state for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours.
The state has tested 3,54,210 samples so far and out of them 18,750 have been diagnosed with the viral infections.
Among them, 3,514 (general population – 3,200 and CAPF- 314) were active cases currently treating at various Covid care facilities as the recovered cases tolled to 15,065 with the discharge of 203 more patients during the last 24 hours.
The recovery rate of the state stands at 80.34% on Sunday.
Meanwhile, the new SOP which was notified by the state government on Saturday came into effect from Sunday.
It seeks to ensure Covid-19 appropriate behavior at locality, village, and community levels which state government will form various awareness and enforcement committees at state, assembly, district, and local levels.
The activities of the committees will be monitored by a state-level monitoring cell to be functioned from the control room of the state Health Department.
As per the new SOP, all shops have to draw circles or squares in front to maintain social distancing norms to be adhered to by customers.
Shops that don’t comply with the social distancing rules will face closure for a week.
While reminding the ban imposed on selling tobacco products, the shops are asked not to sell pan, khaini, and other tobacco products, the new SOP stated.
Local Covid-19 awareness-cum-enforcement committees will keep a tab on the public who visit tea stalls, vegetable vendors, shops etc to ensure that all follow the COVID-19 guidelines like wearing masks, maintaining adequate social distancing norms.
The new SOP asked to avoid mingling with neighbors, friends, or relatives, playing card games, gathering at tea stalls, and loitering in public spaces without an essential and specific purpose.
Liquor is banned, the new SOP reminded, while imposing restrictions on the entry and exit of outsiders at night at each locality.