Imphal: As Manipur recorded 600 fresh cases of Covid-19 on Friday, the highest single-day surge till date, with two more deaths, the state government, in a circular late night, announced curfew in the entire valley including two hilly districts which have reported the maximum number of cases over the last few days.
The increasing trends in the spread of infection has become even steeper and has spread to other parts of the state necessitating additional restrictions and also in additional areas in the interest of public health, said the statement by State Home Department. The districts are Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Thoubal, Kakching, Churachandpur and Ukhrul. The curfew will come into effect from 8th May 2021 to 17th May 2021.
List of services, people exempt from weekend lockdown
i. All healthcare facilities, including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers.
ii. All pharmacies, including those selling veterinary medicines.
iii. All persons going for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID testing and medical emergencies are exempted.
iv. All employees and personal staff working in Media, Power, Fire Service, PHED, CAFPD, Home, Health, Relief & DM, Police departments and District Administration are exempted (all other offices to remain closed).
v. Only goods vehicles, oxygen supply related vehicles, LPG and Oil tankers and vehicles of other essential services like Power supply, fire service, water supply, waste/garbage clearance, Public Distribution System, medical/Covid services, electronic and print media, Internet & telecom service providers and vehicles of personnel of departments/organizations permitted to be functional.
vi. Opening of petrol pumps and LPG outlets and movement of staff of IOCL will continue to be permitted.
vii. Imphal airport shall remain open and movement of staff and passengers will continue to be permitted. viii. Hotels for lodging will be allowed to remain open with minimum staff. Restaurants to remain closed.
II. For other parts of the State, instructions issued vide order no. H-1601/6/2020•10 dated 6.5.2021 will apply until further orders.
Any violation of the above orders will be liable for punishment, the statement further said.