CM appeals people not to panic, govt. fully prepared to tackle the situation

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Imphal (DIPR): Chief Minister N. Biren Singh informed the people not to panic of the pandemic as the State is fully prepared to tackle the situation. This was stated by him at the press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.

Speaking to the media persons, Chief Minister said that the State government has taken up all necessary precautionary and preventive measures to combat the deadly disease. The Chief Minister informed that the primary task ahead is to prevent community spread of the disease in the State. He maintained that the government welcomes all positive and constructive criticisms and suggestions to chalk out plans to combat the disease in the State.

The Chief Minister appreciated the people of the Sate for strictly adhering to the advisories and guidelines issued by the Union Health Ministry, Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and State government. He mentioned that the key measures to fight the disease are maintaining social distancing, staying at home, wearing face masks, use of hand sanitizers, avoiding mass gatherings etc. He urged the people to obey the precautionary measures laid by WHO, Health Ministry, medical experts etc. for our own safety. He stated that the recovery rate from the dreaded disease is above 40% while the mortality rate is 3% in the country.

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Mentioning about the testing facilities in the State, Chief Minister said that the number of tests in the laboratories at RIMS and JNIMS has been increased to above 200-300 per day. A total of 700-800 samples are being collected every day.  The number of freezers to keep the throat swab has also been increased, he added. He opined that the government cannot install COVID-19 testing centres at Mao or Jiribam by flouting the protocols of the ICMR and Health Ministry.

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Speaking about the natives returning from various parts of the country to the State, Chief Minister said that all the returnees will be kept at a particular quarantine centre for further medical examination. After the testing for COVID-19, they will be allowed to move in quarantine centres located at their respective constituencies. If their test results are negative then they will be kept under home quarantine. For those who are facing inconveniences for home quarantine at their homes, they will be accommodated at community quarantine centres.

The Chief Minister said that the government acknowledges the efforts made by the frontline workers, local volunteers, CSOs in the fight against COVID-19. He assured that the government will provide due compensation to the local volunteers, truck drivers, handymen etc in case of any unfortunate incident as per the norms laid by the Government of India. He appealed his Cabinet colleagues, MLAs, DCs and CSOs to spread awareness about the preventive measures to fight the virus.

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On the occasion, Korean Manipuri Association donated 1000 number of Seegene’s AllplexTM 2019-nCoV Assay kits worth about Rs. 40 lakhs. This testing kit known as Seegene’s AllplexTM 2019-nCoV Assay is approved by ICMR, NIV Pune, FDA & CE-IVD. The Tata Trusts also donated 3000 PPEs and 18,000 surgical masks to the Chief Minister. Later, N. Biren Singh handed over the testing kits, PPEs and masks to the officials of JNIMS and RIMS.

Minister for Health and family Welfare L. Jayantakumar Singh, Minister for CAF&PD Karam Shyam, Minister for Education Th. Radheshyam were also present during the press conference.

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