Imphal: Amid a surge in COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur, the state government on Thursday announced that all visitors entering the state must produce a negative test for COVID-19 taken within 72 hours with effective from April 18.

“All persons entering Manipur, whether by air or by road, and irrespective of place of origin shall be allowed to enter only on mandatory production of a negative RT-PCR/TrueNat/CB-NAAT COVID-19 test report taken within 72 hours from arrival in the state,” said deputy secretary (health) Soiminlian Lengen in an order.

This preventive measure may be strictly compelled by all concerned, it said.

It further instructed that all Army or CRPF units in the state must arrange for COVID-19 testing of their personnel arriving in the state.

In the last 24 hours, Manipur has reported 15 new cases, including two air passengers. The total active cases in the state have increased to 141, of which 62 are air passengers.

Meanwhile, there were no COVID-19 related deaths on Thursday, and the cumulative number of deaths in the state stands at 376.

The new positive cases were reported from Imphal West (8), Thoubal (1), Bishnupur (1), Kakching (1), Churachandpur (3) and Kangpokpi (1), respectively.

As of April 14, the total confirmed cases for coronavirus is 29,579, of which 29,062 infected persons have recovered from the infection. The total recovery rate stands at 98.25 per cent.

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