Imphal: In a bid to curb the spread of COVID-19 cases in Manipur, the Imphal West district administration has instructed all shopkeepers, including pharmacies, to produce a mandatory COVID-19 negative report on or before June 8.

Imphal West deputy commissioner Th Kirankumar in an order stated that the request made by the authority in different locations for mandatory testing of shopkeepers or proprietors, including chemists, is not very forthcoming in some areas.

The persons manning the shops opened on the scheduled date and time are required to be safe and protected from COVID-19 as well as precautions from spreading are required to be ensured, he added.

On Wednesday, the state government allowed additional activities amid the ongoing curfew in seven districts, including Imphal West district, till June 11.

All such pharmacies, workshops and approved category of shops shall be required to get the shopkeepers and the persons manning the shops tested and produce the negative test report for COVID-19 on or before Tuesday (June 8, 2021), stated the deputy commissioner.

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It further stated that the test results are required to be shown when asked for production by the police and district administration, failing which the permission for opening such shops and establishments shall be withdrawn.

Meanwhile, Manipur continued to witness a surge in daily fresh cases of COVID-19 as 791 more people were infected by the virus and 14 more deaths reported on Friday.

Imphal West continues to be one of the worst affected districts in the state due to COVID-19 pandemic.

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