The first batch of people is likely to set off from Banglore by Saturday or Sunday 

Imphal: Manipur government is all set to ferry back 1,200 people from Bengaluru stranded due to COVID-19 lockdown, the first batch by train, by Saturday or Sunday, said a senior official of the state.

Speaking at a press conference on Thursday, chief secretary J Suresh Babu said that the state is committed to bring back the persons stranded in different parts of the country to the home state.

The chief secretary further urged those people who wish to return home by the special train to get register themselves in the official website in order to facilitate organising trains and working out for logistics.

As per reports, more than 30,000 people, mostly students and migrant workers, from the Manipur are stranded outside the state owing to the ongoing lockdown due to COVID-19 outbreak, which has infected over 56,000 people and already claimed more than 1,800 lives in the country.

Further stressing on the government’s efforts and measures to contain and control the spread of the virus in the state, chief secretary also said that the lockdown will be implemented strictly in letter and spirit.

Addressing the media persons, the chief secretary said that the government has imposed lockdown in the state as per the instructions of the ministry of home affairs (MHA) on March 25. From time to time, orders related to extension of lockdown and certain relaxations were issued.

Earlier on Monday, the government announced partial relaxation for essential services in the state. However, owing to heavy traffic jams in some parts of Imphal and sudden surge of people rushing to markets, the state on Wednesday decided to resume lockdown restrictions, except in rural areas for agricultural activities.

Moreover, despite the state being categorised in green zone, the state cabinet decided to resume the lockdown considering the development in neighbouring states and arrival of people stranded outside state, said the chief secretary.

He further said that chief minister N Biren Singh and his cabinet ministers are reviewing the COVID-19 situation from time to time. Moreover, a State Consultive Committee is established with ministers, MLAs, prominent citizens and officials under the chairmanship of the CM, he added.

The state task force under the chairmanship of chief secretary is meeting daily to take stock of the situation and plan a strategy for the next day and district level committees are meeting to implement the decision taken by the state task force, he informed.

A team of senior officials led by chief secretary also visited Jiribam on Thursday to assess the requirement of construction of temporary pandal, toilets, screening area, parking for the 40 odd buses to ferry passengers and segregation area etc.

As informed by chief secretary, to ensured regular supply of food grains and other essential commodities, on an average of more than 250 trucks are coming from outside the state to meet the necessary requirements of the people in the state.

On COVID-19 treatment, Manipur has successfully treated the two positive cases and since the last patient treated discharged from the hospital on April 18, no fresh case has been reported so far.

Moreover, the state has established two COVID-19 blocks at JNIMS and RIMS hospitals with a total bed capacity of 100, including 20 for intensive care unit (ICU).

Isolation ward are also established in all the 16 districts hospitals and at Moreh in addition to establishment of Flu Clinics in all these places.

Meanwhile, each district are also equipped with 40 surveillance teams and Rapid Response Team to tackle the COVID-19 situation, it said.

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