Defaulters will be charged under Sec 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 Credit: Representational image

Bishnupur: The deputy commissioner of Bishnupur district in Manipur, Neeta Arambam, ordered a slew of measures on Friday to ensure that lockdown guidelines are followed by residents in order to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the region.

As per the order issued, wearing of face masks to completely cover mouth and nose has been enforced as mandatory for citizens while stepping out in public in the district.

Similarly, in order to maintain public hygiene and sanitation, spitting in public spaces has been totally banned with immediate effect.

Likewise, sale of intoxicant items like liquor, gutkha, tobacco, etc, by any shop or individual will be charged under Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the statement said.

Any non-liable individual(s) to the lockdown guidelines of the COVID-19 pandemic will be imposed a fine of Rs 200 on the spot, apart from the charges, it said.

Several measures to fight against the spread of novel coronavirus has been taken up in various parts of the state, including sealing of border areas to check the illegal activities and public movement during the lockdown of COVID-19 pandemic.

Till date, Manipur has witnessed two positive cases of COVID-19, of which the 23-year-old girl from Imphal West, the first patient in the state with a travel history to London, was discharged on April 12 after she was declared free from the virus.

With this, the state now has only one active COVID-19 patient undergoing treatment at RIMS Hospital in Imphal.

As per the list released by the Centre recently, Imphal West district in Manipur is among the two districts from northeast India which will enter orange zone following no reports of COVID-19 cases in the last 14 days.

Aizawl West in Mizoram is among the list of districts of the country to enter the orange zone category.

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