COVID-19: Manipur CM Biren Singh appeals people to stay indoors
Imphal: In a much-needed statement following public panic after reports of the first confirmed case of coronavirus in Manipur on Tuesday morning, chief minister N Biren Singh appealed the public to remain calm and follow the guidelines issued by the state government to prevent further spread of COVID-19 pandemic.
A 23-year girl from Imphal West, who had recently returned from London, tested positive for COVID-19 on Tuesday morning, becoming the first confirmed case in the state and the Northeast India.
CM Singh, in a televised address, appealed the people to be cooperative with the government during these difficult times and remain indoors as per the guidelines issued to prevent further transmission of COVID-19.
Lamenting how public attitude towards the government’s call for complete lockdown in the state, CM Biren Singh said that people are not following the instructions properly and continues to venture outside, which is very unfortunate.
“Please don’t venture outside during the curfew days imposed by the government,” the head of the state appealed to the people.
The chief minister also appealed to those people who had returned home from outside the state to proactively announce their travel history and follow proper guidelines on home-quarantine. “By hiding the symptoms of COVID-19 fearing social reaction, you are putting your family, friends, relatives’ lives and the whole nation at stake,” the CM said.
“Please get tested whenever you feel any symptoms related to coronavirus,” he added.
Altogether, 20 samples have been tested, of which one sample tested positive for COVID-19, in the state so far.