Staying at home and social distancing key to fight COVID-19: CM
IMPHAL: Covid-19 Common Control Room, Chief Minister Office has directed 31 co-passengers of the Air India flight that flew from Delhi to Imphal on March 11 along with the man from Lilong who became the second Covid-19 positive person in the state to report to the authorities.
According to a statement, out of the 10 persons from Manipur who had attended the Nizamuddin religious congregation, only one person tested positive for Covid-19. The male patient who tested positive on April 1 is undergoing treatment at RIMS Hospital. The nine persons who had tested negative are being kept at a quarantine centre. So far, the state has only two confirmed cases of Covid-19.
The male patient from Lilong was travelling by an Air India flight from Delhi to Imphal on March 11 and was seated in seat no 8D. Altogether 31 co-passengers have been determined as high risk passengers from those who travelled on the same flight.
It directed the said passengers to immediately call COVID-10 Control room no 1800-345-3838 to provide their details.
Meanwhile, Chief Minister N. Biren Singh has urged the people to stay at their homes and maintain social distancing as it is the key to combat the pandemic COVID-19 in the State.
Addressing the people of the State, Chief Minister said that lockdown is essential to save the lives of the people and appealed to the people of the State to support and co-operate the nationwide lockdown to combat the pandemic COVID-19. He opined that we all must comply to the guidelines and preventive measures laid down by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Government of India and medical experts to fight the deadly disease. Mentioning that the government has taken all necessary measures so as to provide essential commodities and grocery items to the public, Chief Minister said that there is no shortage of essential items like groceries, fuel and medicines in the State.
Chief Minister informed that out of the 10 persons from the State who had participated in the Tablighi Jammat Congregation at Delhi in the second week of March, 2020, one person has tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second confirmed case of COVID-19 in the State, he added. As a precautionary measure, the State government has started tracking the movements and contact tracing of the infected patient. All the family members of the infected person have been sent to the quarantine center at RIMS, Imphal, he added. He further appealed to the people to be transparent about their travel history outside the State as the disease is highly contagious.
Singh mentioned that around 20 crore women who are Jan Dhan account holders will get Rs 500/- per month for next three months. Around 13.62 crore families under MNREGA will get increased daily wage of Rs 202 instead of Rs. 182. An ex-gratia of Rs. 1000 will be provided to around 3 crore senior citizen, widows and disabled persons. Under the Prime Minister Kisan Yojana scheme, the government will provide front-load of Rs. 2000 to the 8.7 crore farmers in the first week of April, 2020.
Chief Minister expressed his happiness over the production of hand sanitizers, masks etc. by students of Manipur University, Dhanamanjuri University and local entrepreneurs.
Lilong area sealed after Delhi returned tested positive
After a resident of Lilong tested Covid-19 positive, the district administration of Thoubal has sealed Lilong area with immediate effect until further orders.
Thoubal DC sealed the Lilong area within the perimeter of Jama Majid road to Ngangou road/Buya Salam road, NH-102 and Imphal river in exercise of the powers conferred under para 12 of the Manipur Epidemic Diseases COVID-19 regulation 2020 in view of the impending threat of Covid-19 pandemic in the area and as a precautionary measure.
According to the order, the geographical area of Lilong has been sealed. Entry and exit of people from the area has been restricted. Schools, colleges, offices, public gathering, and vehicular movement have been banned. Active surveillance of Covid-19 cases have been initiated in the area