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Curfew extended for seven more days as Manipur sees no let-up in COVID-19 cases, deaths


It may be difficult to quantify the effect of the total curfew, but it is certain that the state saw no respite during the period.

TFM Desk

As the number of new confirmed cases and deaths continue to spiral in Manipur even after ten days of stricter ‘total curfew’, the Government of Manipur extended the COVID curfew for another seven days from Wednesday.

The state home department issued an order to this effect on Tuesday.

During the ten-day curfew, between July 18 and 27, the state saw an average of around 1,092 daily new cases at an average positivity rate of 17.22 per cent. The health department reported an average of around 13 daily deaths. Unfortunately, the number of tests remained at an average of 6,364 per day.

It may be difficult to quantify the effect of the total curfew, but it is certain that the state saw no respite during the period.

More activities exempted

Insurance offices will now be opened for three days from 10 am to 2:30 pm like in the case of banks.

Home delivery of vegetables, fish, meat and grocery items will be allowed. Home delivery of cooked food by authorised delivery staff has also been exempted from the curfew.

Earlier exemption

Post offices with minimal staff for urgent office work and delivery. For the veterinary and animal husbandry, and dairy, activities like collection and home delivery of milk and feeding of animals and birds in government farms were exempted.

E-Commerce delivery was also exempted from the total curfew.

Banking services with limited staff on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 am to 2.30 pm for urgent government and non-government transactions only, and ATM services including refilling of cash in ATMs.

CAF & PD with minimum staff or personnel of CAF & PD and FCI, and the Forest Department was allowed continuation of tree plantations. Movement for feeding animals in the Zoo and National Park was also permitted.

Officials and workers of road projects taken up by NHIDCL, Asian Development Bank, and railway projects in the state.

The July 16 curfew order by the Home Department had allowed only essential activities or services related to vaccination, COVID testing, medical services (hospitals, clinics or pharmacies), water supply, Power supply, police, telecom or internet services, air travel, agriculture or horticulture, garbage clearance, petrol pumps, LPG distributors, goods trucks, and, print and electronic media.

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