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Imphal: The district magistrate of the Kamjong district in on Thursday has suspended the existing free movement regime (FMR) along the Indo-Myanmar border for one month with immediate effect amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

The order is issued given the COVID-19 scenario in the state with an average of over 500 positive cases daily, and considering the likelihood of possible risk of spread of the infection from across the border in Kamjong district, said district magistrate Hungyo Worshang.

Movement of people and goods across the border is suspended with immediate effect until further notice, the order stated.

Any person or organisation found violating the order shall be booked under relevant laws and rules.

Around 100 km of the India-Myanmar boundary pass through Manipur’s Kamjong district, and over the few years, cross-border trade activities have picked up in the border hill district.

On Thursday, Manipur recorded 508 new positive cases and 12 deaths due to COVID-19 complications, taking the total confirmed cases 70,298 and deaths reached 1,162.

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