Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh Credit: File image

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh announced extension of the ongoing state-wide lockdown till June 30 in view of the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in the state.

As on June 1, Manipur has recorded 71 confirmed cases of COVID-19, including 60 active cases and 11 recovered patients.

In a televised interview, the CM appealed the citizens to continue their cooperation towards the lockdown, adding that lockdown is the only preventive measure to contain the further spread of COVID-19 in the state.

Singh also mentioned that at least 21 special trains have arrived in Manipur to ferry the stranded residents from different parts of the country.

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As on May 21, close to 20,000 passengers reached home by trains, wherein around 6,440 and 1,954 passengers arrived by road and flights, respectively.

Altogether, around 28,000 stranded Manipur natives have brought back home by the state government and more trains are expected to arrive in the state ferrying at least 8,578 more passengers from metro cities, he said.

So far, three special trains have arrived in Jiribam from Telangana, two trains each from Tamil Nadu, Karnataka, Gujarat, Maharashtra and Delhi, and one each from Punjab, Andhra Pradesh, Gao, Rajasthan, Haryana and Kerala.

In view of the increasing number of incoming stranded passengers in Manipur, the number of institutional and community quarantine centres have also increased to accommodate those returnees, added Singh.

Meanwhile, a 100-bedded dedicated COVID-19 Care Centre at UNACCO School at Meitram in Imphal West will be ready within 10 days. The centre will treat those patients with mild and very mild cases of COVID-19 positive persons.

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As informed by Singh, the state government has scaled up the sample testing capacity to 1,000 per day at the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratories (VRDLs) at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS).

In order to revive the dwindling state economy, the operations of the MSMEs, agriculture, horticulture and work related to MGNREGA will be allowed during the lockdown with effect from June 1.

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