Meeting on rising Covid-19 positive case decides to extend lockdown till May 31

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Imphal: Covid-19 Consultative Committee meeting held on Saturday under the chairmanship of chief minister N Biren Singh decided to extend lockdown till May 31.

It decided to enforce lockdown strictly in notified areas. Exemptions may be given to Agriculture activities, MGNAREGA, MSME sectors with social distancing norms in rural areas.

Health department made a presentation on the current situation of Covid-19 especially relating to the emergence of new positive cases from among the incoming stranded passengers, the availability of quarantine facilities and the testing capacity of the state.

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The committee has taken note of the recent developments and recommended that the movement of passengers by train may continue for the trains which are already booked. These include the trains from Bangalore, Baroda, Hyderabad, Vijayawada, Haryana, Uttarakhand (Dehradun) and UP, Chennai, Bangalore and Kerala.

The meeting decided to stop permit for passengers moving by road till the existing backlog testing is completed. The people who are already granted permit may be allowed to enter.

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It decided to appoint nodal officers to coordinate with the MLAs on quarantine centres management.

It also decided to do 100 percent testing of all the people who came from outside and keep them in quarantine centres till the test results are received. Priority shall be given to the high risk category.

Other decisions were to move people tested negative to Home quarantine, to supply PPE to all the people working in quarantine centres.

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It also desided that state government will release funds required through the deputy commissioners.

The consultative meeting decided to cancel all the curfew passes issued to public and to enforce new pass system and to restrain all the NGOs/CSOs from directly distributing commodities to public and ‘they should be directed to deposit to Food Bank with the deputy commissioners’.

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