Cabinet to discuss on partial or full relaxation of lockdown today
IMPHAL: The state cabinet will meet and decide today (Monday) whether to fully or partially relax the only lockdown in the state.
With PM Narendra Modi on April 14 announcing the extension of lockdown across the country till May 3, the PM also stated that the Centre would observe states, districts and localities in relation to COVID-19 till April 20 and by then decide if lockdown would be relaxed in certain states, districts or localities.
As per the statement of the prime minister, if states, districts and localities do not have an increased in COVID-19 cases or that it was controlled by April 20, the Centre would think about relaxing lockdown in such areas.
Considering that there are no new cases of COVID-19 in the state and that the two patients have both tested negative, it is very likely that the state government might relax the lockdown norms in the state.
A press release by the State Home department on Sunday informed that “the activities and items on which restriction can be fully or partially lifted in a phase manner will be considered by the State Cabinet on 20/04/2020.”
It stated that the lockdown measures, which have been in force in the State since 25th March, 2020, will continue till April 20 without any changes.
The activities and items on which restriction can be fully or partially lifted in a phased manner will be considered by the State Cabinet meeting to be held on Monday, it stated. Therefore, all are requested to continue to observe the lockdown measures as notified earlier. Exemption of any activity from the lockdown or scheduled relaxation of any activity and the date from which it will be exempted or the days on which it will be relaxed will be notified after the decision of the State Cabinet scheduled on March 20, added the release.
Following the widespread of the noval virus in the country wherein over 15,000 have been infected and over 500 dead so far, the Centre has imposed nationwide lockdown. And while the case is growing by the day across the country, Manipur is reportedly the first state to be free from COVID-19 with the two patients from the state having tested negative.
The state can be said to be free from COVID-19 as the second infected person, admitted at RIMS, was tested negative on Saturday. Sample of the patient was tested at VRDLs of RIMS and JNIMS on Saturday and result of his samples came out negative. He is likely to be discharged soon, if the next test result is negative, informed COVID-19 Common Control Room, Government of Manipur.
State’s first COVID-19 patient from Thangmeiband Lourungpurel was discharged from JNIMS on April 12 after her sample was tested negative in the third test. She had a travel history of UK.
According to State Surveillance Officer, IDSP, Manipur, the state has no new positive case of COVID-19 as 18 samples tested at VRDL, JNIMS came out negative on Saturday. A cumulative total of 328 samples including the 18 samples submitted have been tested.
Altogether 5969 persons are currently under Home Quarantine and Government Quarantine facilities. Of this, 5861 persons are returnees from outside the state, 12 from foreign countries. 18 persons who recently arrived in the state are being kept under Home Quarantine.
507 persons who were kept under Home quarantine and Government Quarantine have been discharged from quarantine after completion of their quarantine period.
206 persons who entered the state via Mao gate and 114 via Jiribam gate, bordering with Assam, were screened on Saturday. No persons entered the state through Moreh, Behiang, Sinzawl, Tusom and Kamjong on the day, said the report.
Altogether 1,92,335 persons who entered the state through different entry points including Imphal airport have been screened so far.