Imphal: The Manipur government Saturday lifted the Covid curfew which is being imposed across seven districts of the state following a decline in the number of Covid-19 cases and positivity rate over the past one week.
A Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister N Biren Singh took the decision after carefully reviewing the curfew imposed for 21 days to control the Covid transmission in the state.
“To maintain balance with livelihood and economic activities, it was decided to discontinue curfew”, said a statement issued by the state Health Department here on Saturday evening. However, it said, will adopt a micro containment zone approach in the line with the central government advisories.
Gram panchayats, village authorities, local clubs, etc will be fully involved by Deputy Commissioners in ensuring strict micro containment zones and isolation of fresh positive cases, it added.
While appealing to the public to adopt Covid Appropriate Behaviour to fully control the Covid-19 in Manipur, the Cabinet meeting also expressed gratitude to the Central government for promptly deputing a Multi-Disciplinary Expert Team on Covid-19 in response to a request made.
In partial modification of the Covid-19 total curfew imposed in Manipur, the state government earlier this week extended the restrictions for four days in seven districts while imposing night curfew from 6 pm to 5 am in the remaining nine districts with effect from Wednesday last. Observing that the positivity rate in seven districts – Imphal West, Imphal East, Thoubal, Kakching, Bishnupur, Chandel and Churachandpur -is still high, the curb has been extended there, an order issued by Manipur chief secretary Rajesh Kumar said.