Imphal: With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Manipur post lockdown relaxation, chief minister N Biren Singh on Monday informed that the state had sought advice from the centre for another total lockdown.
“The state government has sought advice from the centre regarding the imposition of a state-wide total lockdown for a couple of weeks given the rapid rise of coronavirus cases in the state,” informed CM Biren Singh.
Singh was speaking to media persons on the sidelines of a floral tribute to Rajarshi Bhagyachandra on his 222nd death anniversary at Shri Shri Govindaji Temple at Palace Ground in Imphal.
Singh further stated that people in the state are seemingly less bothered about following the SoPs and guidelines laid down by the government, adding that, the situation in the past few days is quite alarming in the state.
The state government has identified the areas and pockets, which are severely affected, and total lockdown would be imposed in these areas and localities as a precautionary measure to prevent further spread of the virus, he said.
The chief minister further urged the local clubs to get involved in the government’s efforts of fighting the virus.
Meanwhile, as per reports, the state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar submitted a letter to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) and ICMR for advice and suggestions for another lockdown.
In the last 24 hours, Manipur registered at least 315 new cases, including 285 persons from the general population and 30 security personnel belonging to the Central Armed Police Force (CAPF).
The total number of COVID-19 positive cases has gone up to 15,778 while the recovered and actives cases are at 11,913 and 3,748, respectively.
Unfortunately, the state has reported one more COVID-19 related death in the last 24 hours, taking the deaths toll to 117.