By Waikhom Chitradhani
Imphal(Manipur), April 29 :The Manipur Government on Thursday declared the whole of Greater Imphal as a containment zone, with immediate effect and will remain in force for seven days.
An order issued by the Home Department stated that the decision was taken after careful consideration in view of the increase in the number of persons infected by COVID-19 that is continuing to grow rapidly in many parts of the state.
The permitted activities during the period are:
Movement of goods vehicles including vehicles carrying oxygen/oxygen cylinders.
All healthcare facilities including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers.
All pharmacies and including those selling veterinary medicines.
All persons going for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID testing and medical emergencies.
All employees and personal staff working in Home, Health, Relief & DM, Police departments and District Administration (all other offices in the Greater Imphal area will remain closed).
All personnel deployed for providing essential services like drinking water, power, fire fighting, waste/garbage collection, ATM services.
All vegetable, fish/meat vendors (except in Ima Keithel), milk booths from 6 am to 10 am while maintaining physical distancing.
All local grocery stores including animal feed shops for purchase by locals from 6 am to 10 am.
Wholesale shops in Imphal may open at the rate of one in three shops on rotation from 6 am to 10 am.
Petrol pumps will remain open as usual, while ensuring there is no crowding.
All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom service providers.
Imphal airport will remain open and movement of staff and passengers will be permitted.
Hotels for lodging will be allowed to remain open with minimum staff. But restaurants will remain closed.
Food delivery service providers and groceries delivery service providers are permitted.
Deputy Commissioners of Imphal West and Imphal East and Superintendents of Police of Imphal West and Imphal East will take necessary action to implement the orders, stated the order issued by the Home Department.
Meanwhile, Manipur reached the grim milestone of 400 deaths as five deaths were reported in the last 24 hours.
As this year’s highest one day spike, 314 fresh cases were reported on Thursday, taking the total caseload to 31,315. There are 1225 active cases in the state.
As per the latest information, 1,59,860 individuals have been vaccinated in the state, out of which 67,048 have received the second dose.