Mischievous inmates at quarantine centres would be jailed: Biren

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Imphal: Mischievous and undisciplined inmate of quarantine centers would now be jailed, Manipur chief minister N. Biren Singh said during his inspection at UNACCO School, Meitram in Imphal West district for opening of a Covid Care Center.

Expressing serious concern that some inmates do not bother to maintain safety guidelines laid down by the government at this time of crisis, he observed that it would be never possible to keep vigil on anybody round the clock. “As such, the state government has now kept aside a separate block in Central Jail, Sajiwa which can accommodate 90 inmates to jail the mischievous inmates,” Biren said.

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Biren Singh, health and family welfare minister L. Jayantakumar and youth affairs and sports minister Letpao Haokip inspected the preparation works for the Covid care centre.

The chief minister and the ministers were briefed by the chairman of the governing body of the school, N. Irabanta regarding different blocks and campus of the school.

He said the Covid care centre at UNACCO School would start functioning from Wednesday. The Center was earlier planned to have only 100 beds. However, it has now the scope of increasing the capacity to 300, he added.

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As of now Churachandpur has the highest number of Covid-19 cases and containment zones, the chief minister said. Bishnupur District Hospital has also started admitting Covid-19 patients apart from Regional Institute of Medical Sciences and Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences. The state government is putting in effort to increase the number of institutional and community quarantine centers as well considering possibility of coming back of more stranded people to the state, Biren said.

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Chief secretary Dr. J. Suresh Babu and other high ranking officials of the state government also accompanied the chief minister during the inspection, a DIPR press release said.

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