Imphal: In light of reports of the second wave of COVID-19 in other states, the Manipur government said it would reinforce testing facilities at the Mao Gate in Senapati district and Jiribam district with immediate effect to stop the spread of the virus in Manipur.

“Considering the alarming rise of COVID cases in different states, it has been decided that the Govt will initiate compulsory testing for people arriving in Manipur from highly affected states at Mao and Jiribam,” said Chief Minister N Biren Singh on his Facebook page. He urged everyone to maintain social distancing and wear face masks.

Also, the state health department informed that people arriving in Manipur from highly-affected states must undergo compulsory testing.

According to the statement, the RT PCR testing facility at the Imphal airport would cost Rs 500 per test.

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“COVID-19 testing of persons arriving from identified states has already started. Considering the sustainability of the arrangements, it is decided to collect a charge of Rs 500 per test,” it said.

To reduce congestion at the arrival hall of the airport, a testing shed would be constructed in the parking area of the airport, it added.

Meanwhile, the state has also decided to enforce mandatory face mask at all public places.

As per the home department order, a penalty for not wearing face mask is Rs 200.

On Tuesday, Manipur recorded seven new cases, all from the general population, taking the total confirmed cases of COVID-19 to 29,435.

The number of active cases remain at 63 while the recovery rate stands at 98.51 per cent.

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