Pothashang News Service: Imphal, March 23, 2020: Manipur government spokesperson Thongam Biswajit Singh on Monday announced that the State Cabinet has taken a decision to impose a total lockdown in the state till March 31 as a precautionary measure against the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country.
Essential services including grocery shops will be exempted from the lockdown, Biswajit said.
Stating that the medical department will overlook home quarantine system, the government spokesperson said the cabinet has also taken a decision to utilise dedicated buildings in both Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences as isolation wards for the time being.
The government has also decided to distribute rice meant for April under the National Food Security Act this month free of cost to support the needy people during the lockdown. Beneficiaries of Chief Minister’s Hakshel gi Tengbang who don’t posses NFSA card will also avail free rice, he said.
”We can stop this pandemic spread of COVID-19 only if we follow and observe the precautionary guidelines issued by the experts and scientists. We should not hide any signs of symptoms of COVID-19 and should inform the dedicated health centres at the earliest,” he said.
He appealed all to together fight COVID-19, and not allow negligence to hinder fight against it. “Let’s maintain proper hygiene, wash our hands regularly and maintain our social distance to defeat COVID-19,” he added.