Imphal: Amid a sudden rise of COVID-19 cases in the state, with a single-day spike of 72 new positive cases on Sunday, Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh has issued an advisory instructing his cabinet ministers, MLAs and state functionaries to refrain from attending events or functions that are a potential source of spreading the virus.

As gatherings for various reasons are potential sources for spreading the virus, all cabinet ministers, legislators and government functionaries have been advised to refrain from organising, participating in or promoting, in any manner whatsoever, events or functions by whatever name called, which will create or attract, or are likely to create or attract public gathering of any size, said CM Singh in the advisory.

The present situation arising out of the COVID-19 pandemic has been a cause for alarm in recent days, he added.

As preventive measures, a night curfew has been imposed from 7 pm to 5 am across the state. During the curfew hours, all services will be restricted except for media persons and those engaged in telecom services. Also, time-bound project constructions would be exempted from the imposition, in addition to categories exempted earlier.

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Moreover, all gatherings have been banned with immediate effect, except unavoidable gatherings for funerals, marriages, time-bound religious rituals or ceremonies with limited to 20 persons apart from adhering to COVID-19 appropriate behaviour, including wearing face masks or maintaining social distancing.

All shops and markets are to ensure the wearing of face masks and take steps to prevent crowding in their shops and market areas.

In order to control crowding in market areas, a roaster system for the opening of shops has been scheduled for Paona Bazar and Thangal Bazar in Imphal.

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