The ban remains in place until the government rescinds the state of emergency

Bishnupur: In a major escalation of the coronavirus pandemic worldwide, Manipur’s Bishnupur district on Saturday announced the banning of mass gatherings over 100 people with immediate effect in view of the serious concern of the deadly virus.

Bishnupur deputy commissioner Neeta Arambam informed that the ban takes effect immediately and remains in place until the government rescinds the state of emergency.

However, the ban will have an exemption to family rituals and ceremonies like marriage, shradha etc. Also, government events which are deemed unavoidable will be held only with prior approval of the district deputy commissioner, Arambam said.

On Saturday, state governor Najma Heptulla also announced the suspension of classes of all educational institutes of higher education, including universities under the administrative control of the department of higher and technical education with immediate effect till March 31.

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The step was taken in the wake of the COVID 19 outbreak and to ensure the reduction of mass gatherings and avoid its spreading as a precautionary measure.

The decision also comes as a precautionary measure after the World Health Organisation (WHO) on Wednesday declared novel coronavirus a pandemic.

As on Saturday, Manipur put as many as 412 persons under observation period; however, no case of coronavirus has been confirmed in the state so far.

On March 5, following the fast transmission of COVID-19 globally, the Centre had issued an advisory against mass gatherings to prevent the spread of coronavirus pandemic.

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