Imphal: Amid the fast spread of coronavirus, which has already claimed more than 14,000 lives globally, Manipur government on Monday announced complete lockdown of the state starting from March 24 till March 31.
This was informed by state spokesperson Th Biswajit Singh after a state cabinet meeting resolved to impose a total lockdown in the state till March 31 as a precautionary measure against the outbreak of COVID-19 in India and across the world.
During the period of total lockdown, all business establishments and transportation across the state will be completely shut down, except for essential services including grocery shops and chemist stores.
For the welfare of the poorer section of society and daily wagers, the cabinet also approved distribution of rice meant for April this month under the National Food Security Act (NFSA) free of cost.
Moreover, those families or beneficiaries who possesses the chief minister’s ‘hakshel gi tengbang’ (CMHGT) card but do not have NSFA card can also avail of the free rice, officials said.
Works minister also informed that the state cabinet had decided to utilise newly dedicated buildings in both the Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) as isolation wards for the time being to tackle the situation if the disease spreads in the state.
Minister Biswajit also urged the people in the state not to hide any signs of symptoms of COVID-19 and inform the dedicated health centres at the earliest.
“Let’s together fright this COVID-19 and not allow our negligence to hinder our fight against it, “ he added.