Imphal: The Manipur government has called for muting sirens of ambulances in the state in a bid to reduce anxiety and panic amid the COVID-19 gloom, officials said.

In a memorandum issued by health director Dr K Rajo, all chief medical officers, medical superintendents, staff of private hospitals and ambulance operators have been instructed to “silence sirens as they are panicking people and causing social anxiety”.

The decision was made considering all roads are empty and there is no traffic with limited activities being allowed amid the ongoing curfew. However, if the roads are blocked, sirens should be activated, the memorandum added.

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The state government had earlier imposed curfew in the districts of Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Ukhrul, Thoubal, Kakching and Churachandpur on May 8, which has been extended till May 28.

Manipur on Tuesday reported 624 fresh COVID-19 cases, pushing the tally to 40,683. The death toll climbed to 612 with 20 more fatalities.

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