Imphal: As a preventive measure to stop further spread of COVID-19, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh said that the lockdown in the State will be continued till June 30, 2020. This was stated by him during a press briefing held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.
Stating that lockdown is one of the preventive ways to stop further spread of the disease, Chief Minister maintained that the imposition of lockdown and curfew is to save the lives of the people.
The Chief Minister said that the MSME sectors, agriculture and horticulture related activities, MNREGS work etc. will be allowed during the lockdown. However, he cautioned that social distancing and advisories and protocols laid down by WHO and Health Ministry must be obeyed by the people.
Highlighting some of measures taken up by the government to tackle the pandemic recently, Chief Minister said that a 100 bedded dedicated COVID-19 hospital would be set up within 10 days in the State.
The number of tests in the laboratories at RIMS and JNIMS has been increased to above 1000 tests per day and thermal scanners have been installed at Imphal International Airport, he added.
He stated that the government has directed the Chief Medical Officers of all districts to recruit volunteers and trained nurses. He stated that the number of Institutional and Community Quarantine centres have been increased so as to accommodate the natives returning from different states.