Government in the process to bring back stranded Manipuris

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Imphal: Health and family welfare minister, L. Jayentakumar Singh said Manipur government is taking up steps to bring back Manipuris who are stranded outside the State due to national lockdown for COVID-19 pandemic.

Interacting with media persons on Thursday at his official residence, he said as a first step, the Government had sent 4 buses to Assam to bring 84 people who are stranded at Guwahati Manipur Bhawan.

At first they will be strictly screened and examined at Mao Gate, after which they will be kept for a day at quarantine centres in Imphal for further examinations, he said.

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He added that after examinations at the quarantine centres, they will be put under mandatory 14 days quarantine, whether they will be quarantined at home or at the institutional quarantine centres will be decided by the health experts, minister said.

He also appealed to the people of Manipur to not stigmatise people who are returning back home as they have not been classified as infected by the virus. Minister also highlighted the facilities available related to COVID-19 at different district hospitals including RIMS and JNIMS.

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Minister further stated that the Government is also seeking the help of Ministry of Civil Aviation and Ministry of Home to give permission for chartered flights to carry back the Manipuri people that are being stranded in different parts of the country.

He further reiterated to maintain good health and practice the norm of social distancing to keep COVID-19 away.

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