An emergency state cabinet meeting being held on Wednesday in Imphal

Imphal: Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh on Wednesday announced a total statewide lockdown for 14 days starting from Thursday afternoon in view of the spiralling cases of COVID-19 positive in the state.

The situation of coronavirus in the state will be reviewed after seven days of lockdown and further course of action will be taken accordingly, said Singh.

In view of the current COVID-19 situation in Manipur, the emergency state cabinet meeting decided to impose total lockdown for seven days starting from 2 pm of July 23 which might be extended further for seven more days, CM Biren Singh tweeted.

Singh also appealed the public to restrain from panic buying of essential commodities as he said that the state will avail of the essential services from time to time as per requirements.

On Wednesday, a total of 45 fresh cases, including 40 male and five female, tested postive for COVID-19 at VRDL of JNIMS (21), district hospitals of Jiribam (13), Thoubal (4) and Ukhrul (7).

The total number of confirmed cases in the state has now soared to 2,060 and active cases are 642; and 1,418 have recovered.

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