Imphal, April 5, 2020 (DIPR):To show solidarity in the fight against COVID-19, Chief Minister Shri N. Biren Singh appealed to the people of the State to switch off their electric lights at 9 p.m. tonight for nine minutes and light candles or diyas or mobile flashlights standing at their doorsteps and balconies, as announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Addressing the people of the State, Chief Minister said that amid the darkness spread by COVID-19 pandemic, we must fight collectively and defeat the darkness by spreading the glory of light. He mentioned that we all must abide by the decisions taken by our great leaders for the common good.Stating that some of the most developed Nations have been adversely affected byCOVID-19, he praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his farsighted thoughts, actions and preventive measures which have prevented the worst case scenario in the country. He mentioned that appreciating his efforts and tactics towards fighting the virus, world leaders have asked the Prime Minister to take the lead in fighting the pandemic.
Chief Minister mentioned that the first COVID-19 patient of the State is recovering and was tested negative yesterday. All her family members and co-passengers of the Air Asia flight have been tested negative earlier, he added. He said that the patient will undergo another round of test on Monday and the result will determine whether she would be discharged or not. He appreciated the doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs of JNIMs for their dedication and hardwork towards treating the patient.
Citing about the second COVID-19 patient of the State, he said that the patient is undergoing treatment at RIMS, Lamphelpat and all his family members have tested negative. Around 17-18 staffs of Peace Hospital and Research Institute Porompat, where the patient underwent treatment earlier, have been quarantined for 14 days. He urged the doctors, nurses and paramedical staffs of the State to work collectively to fight the dreaded disease. He further appealed to the people of Manipur to continue their support and cooperation to defeat the coronavirus.