Imphal: The Manipur government has extended the statewide curfew in view of rising COVID-19 cases by seven days till August 3, officials said.

The Home Department, however, allowed additional activities during curfew hours including opening of insurance offices for three days from 10 am to 2 pm, he said.

Essential services and home delivery of food have also been kept out of the purview of the restrictions.

On Tuesday, Manipur registered 1,165 fresh cases, raising the tally to 94,821, while 11 more fatalities pushed the death toll 14,98.

The curfew extension comes after 10-day total lockdown was in place until July 27 due to high prevalence of the COVID-19 delta variant in Manipur.  

According to data analysed by EastMojo, Manipur recorded a total of 12,113 new COVID-19 infections and 148 deaths during the last 10 days total lockdown between July 19-27. 

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This takes the total positive cases to 94,821, after 1161 individuals tested positive on Tuesday alone (till 7pm on July 27), with a total of 10,802 active cases. A total of 1,498 people have succumbed to the disease after 11 deaths on Tuesday.

As per the order issued by State Executive Committee chairman and chief secretary Rajesh Kumar, vegetables, fish, meat and grocery items are included in the list of e-commerce for home delivery will be allowed to operate,  in addition to the other items permitted in the previous order. 

Authorised delivery staff are also allowed home delivery of cooked food, the order added. 

During the curfew, the state department will also carry out testing, house-to-house  contact tracing and the vaccination drive at various centres.

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