Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh

Imphal: Amid the rapid rise of COVID-19 cases in Manipur, chief minister N Biren Singh has requested the Centre to suspend transfer and postings of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPF) personnel in the state for some time till the pandemic situation is better.

As per reports, CM Singh has asked the Union home ministry for postings and transfers of personnel to various places in the state to be deferred temporarily as many of the security personnel returning from leave or reporting on duty and posting have been found positive for COVID-19 in the state.

So far, as many as 1,431 CAPF personnel have been tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur, of which 658 have recovered and 772 are undergoing treatment against the 1,608 cases currently active in the state.

A meeting was convened by CM Singh on Wednesday with high-ranking officials of the CAPF to review the COVID-19 situation. They discussed to work out the modalities and measures, said reports.

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On Tuesday, at least nine personnel were among the 82 fresh cases of COVID-19 in the state. Also, another 23 infected personnel of CAPF recovered.

As on August 25, Manipur has recorded a total of 5,444 COVID-19 cases, of which 3,812 have recovered and 1,608 are active.

The fatality rate in the state stands at 0.41 per cent and the recovery rate is 70.02 per cent.

So far, at least 24 persons have died due to COVID-19.

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