Biren requests Centre to suspend posting of CAPF personnel in Manipur

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Imphal: Concerning the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases among paramilitary personnel in the Manipur, chief minister N. Biren Singh on Tuesday said he has requested the Union home ministry to suspend further transfer and postings of Central Armed Police Force (CAPF) personnel in the state for some period.

Biren said a meeting has been convened on Wednesday with the high ranking officials of CAPF to review the measures being taken up by their units to combat the further spread of the disease among the personnel.

An SOP will be issued for the inter-state and intra-state movement of vehicles and persons soon, he added.

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He mentioned that out of 1608 active cases, around 800 cases are Paramilitary personnel and 800 cases are from general population. Chief Minister stated that the recovery rate of Covid-19 cases in the state is around 70 percent which is much higher than that of other states and national average. The fatality rate of the state stands at 0.4 % while the national average is 1.9 %, he added.

Biren appealed to the people of the state to stop stigmatizing and discriminating the healthcare workers who are risking their lives to save others at this hour of pandemic.

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“The priority of the government is to save human lives from the dreaded disease. People of the state need not panic and the situation is under control. We must learn to live with the virus till the vaccine is developed,” The chief minister said.

He urged the people to obey the guidelines and SOPs issued by the government. Chief Minister maintained that the government has already issued an order that all asymptomatic patients can go for home isolation under the supervision of doctors.

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The chief minister said with the preventive and precautionary measures being taken up by the government the spread of Covid-19 can be reduced in the state.

He appreciated the CSOs, police, health workers and people for their co-operation and support in combatting the virus in the state.

Biren Singh informed that the government has given rapid antigen testing kits to hospitals including private hospitals so that they can conduct Covid-19 test before admitting patients to the hospitals. PPE kits will also be provided to all the private hospitals, he added.

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