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Manipur govt announces ‘Total Curfew’ in entire state for 10 days amid Covid surge

During the curfew period, all institutions, except the essential services, will remain closed, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced.

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Imphal:  As cases of the Delta variant of COVID-19 rise in Manipur, the state government Thursday announced a ‘total curfew’ for 10 days, starting from July 18, to break the chain of transmission.

“There is a need to take stringent measures to break the chain of transmission. Therefore, the State government has decided to declare a total curfew from July 18, 2021, for ten days,” the health department said.

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During the curfew period, all institutions, except the essential services, will remain closed, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced.

Only essential activities related to vaccination, Covid testing, medical services, water supply, power supply, telecom/internet services, air travel and agricultural activities would be allowed.

“All are requested to cooperate in tackling COVID-19,” the health department further said.

The state government on May 8 announced imposition of 24-hour curfew in seven districts for nine days starting to check the spread of the virus.  However, the curfew hasn’t abled  to check the widespread of the disease.

Manipur for the second consecutive day recorded more than a thousand new positive cases, after a single day record spike a day earlier. In the last 24 hours leading up to 5 pm of Thursday, 1039 persons (514 males,525 females) from the general population tested Covid positive, while 14 persons succumbed and 677 persons recovered from the disease and were discharged, as per an official release from the Covid Care Centre.

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