Curfew imposed; co-passengers of infected girl identified
IMPHAL, 24th Mar: District magistrates of Imphal West, Imphal East, Bishnupur, Tamenglong, Churachanpdur and Noney have issued orders announcing imposition of curfew in areas under their respective jurisdiction even as passengers who were in the same flight as the first Covid-19 positive case have been identified.
Orders issued separately by the district magistrates, prohibited all movement by any person outside their residence with immediate effect and until further order under sub-section 2 of Section 144 CrPC, 1973.
According to the orders, decision to enforce the restriction has been taken due to the prevailing Covid-19 situation in the state.
The order, however, exempts government agencies and those involved in essential services.
Any event requiring gathering of people will require written permission from the district authorities without which it will not be permitted, the orders added.
Meanwhile, our Churachandpur district correspondent informed that additional DC Churachandpur Thangboi Gangte has issued notification that curfew has been clamped in entire jurisdiction of the district with immediate effect as promulgation of 144 CrPC to restrict movement and gathering of people has not been effective enough.
Addressing media persons at CMO Churachandpur office Tuesday, Thangboi Gangte said that Section 144 of CrPC was promulgated to restrict assembly of four or more persons in the entire jurisdiction of Churachandpur district since March 22 as precautionary measure to prevent spread of COVID-19. However, the restriction was ineffective and hence curfew imposed in the entire district with immediate effect.
CMO Churachandpur Dr VC Pau Tonsing, who was also present at the press conference, told media persons that those who travelled with the girl found to be coronavirus positive and admitted to JNIMS hospital for treatment on Tuesday have been identified and necessary measures have been initiated to contain spread of the disease in Churachandpur district.
Appealing to public not to panic, Dr VC Pau said those from the district who travelled with the infected girl are being contacted and identified and necessary steps to quarantine them have been taken up. Just because they happened to travel with the girl does not meant they would be infected, he said, adding that five quarantine centres are being planned in the district and one of them has been made functional.
DFWO Churachandpur Dr Jamthianlal and IDSP Churachandpur Dr Kim were also present during the press conference.
IDSP Churachandpur Dr Kim also informed that district level health workers are leaving no stone unturned to control the disease and as of now 35 persons have been kept under home quarantine, two at quarantine centre and one at isolation home. Those who are healthy but suspected are kept at quarantine centre while those who have already developed signs and symptoms and travel history are being kept separately, Kim said and urged people not to be panic but maintain social distancing as far as possible.