Imphal: Following reports of the detection of coronavirus variant ‘Omicron’ in Manipur, the state government said it would impose a night curfew from 9 pm to 4 am, with an exemption for essential services and medical emergencies.

Amid the COVID-19 threat, the state government has also imposed restrictions on music concerts, folk dance of Thabal Chongba, celebratory feasts, and large gatherings in enclosed areas or indoor halls.

The new SOPs was issued after reports of the likelihood of people gathering in large numbers for a celebratory programme, according to an order issued by the chief secretary and state executive committee chairman Rajesh Kumar.

It further mentioned that wearing face masks in public places, gatherings and crowded areas is a critical COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and it should be strictly enforced and violators be penalised promptly under relevant rules.

The order further directed all the district magistrates to strictly enforce the restrictions by invoking relevant provisions of law while stating that the order is in continuation of the order dated December 27 and will remain in force till January 31, 2022.

On Monday, the first case of Omicron variant of coronavirus in the northeast was reported in Manipur. A 48-year-old man from Imphal West district with a travel history to Tanzania. The patient is currently undergoing treatment at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) Hospital in Imphal.

As per official reports, so far one person has been infected by Omicron in the state. 

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