100-bedded Covid-19 hospital will be set up in 10 days: Biren

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Imphal: A 100-bedded dedicated Covid-19 hospital would be set up within 10 days in the state, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said during a press briefing at his office, here on Sunday.

The number of tests in the laboratories at Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences has been increased to above 1000 tests per day and thermal scanners have been installed at Imphal International Airport, Biren said.

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The government has directed the chief medical officers of all districts to recruit volunteers and trained nurses, he added.

He said the number of institutional and community quarantine centres have been increased so as to accommodate the natives returned from different states.

He said as a preventive measure to stop further spread of Covid-19 the lockdown in the state will be continued till June end.

Lockdown is one of the preventive ways to stop further spread of the disease.Imposition of lockdown and curfew is to save the lives of the people, he added.

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The chief minister said the MSME sectors, agriculture and horticulture related activities, MNREGS work etc. will be allowed during the lockdown. However, he cautioned that social distancing and advisories and protocols laid down by WHO and health ministry must be obeyed by the people.

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