The Manipur government has decided to seal its borders with Myanmar at eight points Credit: Representational image

Imphal: With the number of COVID-19 affected people rising worldwide, the Manipur government decided to seal its borders with Myanmar at eight points.

According to deputy commissioner of Churachandpur district, Pawan Yadav, three major bordering areas within the district — Border Pillar number 36/37 at Suangdai village, pillar number 42 at Behiang village and pillar number 41 at Suangphuh village, have been sealed.

The remaining border areas of Churachandpur district have not been sealed as these areas are inaccessible due to the terrain.

Five entry points between Border Pillar number 78 and 79 along India-Myanmar border were also sealed in Tengnoupal district. The district shares over 50 km-border with Myanmar.

The team was led by Tengnoupal SP Vikramjit Singh, ASP (Ops) Tengnoupal Th Krishnatombi, other officials from Manipur Police and Manipur Rifles along with BRTF personnel, as per reports.

Manipur police also inspected and repaired the border fences at Moreh as part of the state security measures to fight against COVID-19.

In total, Manipur shares 398-km long border with neighbouring Myanmar. Borders left unchecked would mean a high possibility for people to cross over and pose a huge threat to the people of Manipur at a time when the government is taking all possible steps to keep the people safe from coronavirus.

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