Imphal: Manipur government on Thursday declared the entire Greater Imphal as a containment zone with immediate effect. The containment order shall remain in force for seven days.

The decision was taken following a thorough consultation with concerned stakeholders after the state registered new 314 positive cases of COVID-19 and five more deaths in the last 24 hours, the highest single-day spike since the second wave was reported.

In an issued order by the MH Khan, in-charge chief secretary, all activities and movement of persons have been suspended with immediate effect except the permitted activities.

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Here are the lists of activities permitted during the seven days containment zone:

  • Movement of goods vehicles, including vehicles carrying oxygen/oxygen cylinders.
  • All healthcare facilities, including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers.
  • All pharmacies and including those selling veterinary medicines.
  • All persons going for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID-19 testing, and medical emergencies.
  • All employees and personal staff working in Home, Health, Relief, and DM, police departments and district administration (all other offices in the Greater Imphal area remain closed).
  • All personnel deployed for providing essential services like drinking water, power, fire, fighting, waste/garbage collection, and ATM services.
  • All vegetables, fish/meat vendors, milk booths shall remain open from 6 am to 10 am while maintaining physical distancing. However, Ima Keithel (Mother’s market) shall remain closed.
  • All local grocery stores, including animal feed shops for purchase by locals, shall remain open from 6 am to 10 am.
  • Wholesale shops in Imphal may open at the rate of one in three shops on rotation from 6 am to 10 am.
  • Petrol pumps will remain open as usual, while ensuring there is no crowding.
  • All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom service providers.
  • Imphal Airport shall remain open and movement of staff and passengers will be permitted.
  • Hotels for lodging will be allowed to remain open with minimum staff. However, restaurants to be closed.
  • Food delivery service providers and groceries delivery service providers are permitted, it said.

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