Imphal: Manipur’s daily cases hit a grim record with 1007 infections in the last 24 hours. Even as the country continues to see a declining trend with less than 1.7 lakh cases in 45 days, Saturday is the first time since the onset of the pandemic of Covid-19 that Manipur has crossed 1000 mark.
The death toll climbed to 776 with 15 fatalities, the health bulletin released by Covid-19 Common Control Room said. One person each at CCC Bishnupur, District Hospital Ukhrul, Shija Hospital, six each at RIMS and JNIMS expired.
Cumulatively, the total cases in the State increased to 48,850 following the jump on Saturday. As a matter of concern, total active cases also swelled to 8030, the second highest in the entire northeastern states after Assam.
Imphal West remained the worst affected district where at least 358 people were confirmed as new Covid-19 positive cases. The next is followed by Imphal East district at 237 and Thoubal at 98.
With 564 persons discharged either from home isolation or hospitals, the cumulative number of recovered cases is 40,044. The recovery rate is 81.97 per cent, which is slightly improved from the previous day.
During the last 24 hours, a total of 1355 D type Oxygen Cylinders and 651 B-type Oxygen cylinders have been made available to different health institutions and health facilities of Manipur.
A total of 5018 persons were vaccinated in different health facilities on Saturday.
Meanwhile, the Covid-induced lockdown in the seven districts has been extended till June 11, citing the unabated surge in Covid-19 infections.
The districts under curfew are Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur and Ukhrul.
“The curfew was extended as the number of infections of the Covid-19 virus detected everyday continues to be very high relative to the population and remains a cause for concern”, said an order issued by the Home department.
While the order limited permitted activities including restrictions on inter district movements in the remaining nine districts, it, however, relaxed a handful of restrictions.
All secretariat and directorate offices are ordered to start functioning with e-office and physical attendance of 15 per cent staff is allowed from June 1 by taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid Appropriate Behaviour.
Essential services like media, power, fire services, PHED, CAFPD, Home, Health, Relief and DM, Forest, Environment and Climate Change, Finance and Treasuries and police departments and district administration will continue to function as before, stated the order.
The order has allowed opening of vehicle workshops of goods trucks, petrol tankers, LPG bullets and others outside the Imphal Municipal area from 8 am to 3 pm on all days.
The order further permitted local vegetable vendors to sell their produce from 7 am to 10 am on May 30, June 2, June 5 and June 8 provided the vegetable vendors should be seated at least feet away from one another and should wear masks all the time.
It said one out of three grocery shops of the total shops or vendors in one location shall be allowed to be opened on rotational basis from 7 am to 10 am on May 30, June 2, June 5 and June 8. However, major markets in all the districts shall remain closed, it added.
The Life Insurance Corporation with limited staff on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2.30 am can dispose time-bound works, it added.
The order stated that strict ban on vehicular movement will continue even during 7 am to 10 am. With agency inputs