Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh

Imphal: Amid possible threat of transmission of the deadly coronavirus, the Manipur government on Monday announced the closure of international border points connecting with neighbouring Myanmar and prohibited movement of people across the border as precautionary measures.

In a circular issued on Monday said, the CM said, “In view of the possible threat of transmission of Coronavirus/COVID-19, Government of Manipur hereby prohibits movement of people across the international border.”

The state government ordered closure of Gate Nos. 1 and 2 in Moreh and other crossing points along the Manipur sector of India-Myanmar border until further orders, the circular added.

It also urged the concerned authorities, including district magistrates, security forces, assistant commissioners of Imphal customs division and state police to take necessary action and keep the concerned gates closed as soon as possible until further notice.

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According to the state health department, at least 67 people have been put under isolation at their homes as precautionary measures although they did not show any symptoms of coronavirus.

So far, as per reports, the number of confirmed coronavirus-affected cases has shot up to 47 in India, causing widespread panic among the citizens.

Meanwhile, Manipur is among the designated 52 testing centres for COVID-19 by the Union health ministry.

In order to provide proper diagnosis and treatment to those detected in the state, the testing centre will be set up at the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) in Imphal.

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