‘Staying at home, social distancing key to fighting COVID-19’
IMPHAL, 2nd Apr: Chief Minister N Biren Singh called upon the people to stay at their homes and maintain social distancing as these are the keys to combat the pandemic COVID-19 in the state.
Addressing the people of Manipur, Biren said that lockdown is essential to save the lives of the people and appealed to all sections of the society to support and co-operate with the nationwide lockdown to combat the pandemic COVID-19.
He said “we all must comply with 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, the Chief Minister assured that there is no shortage of essential items like groceries, transport fuel and medicines in the state.
He informed that out of the 10 people from the state who had participated in the Tablighi Jamaat 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 centre at RIMS, he added.
He further appealed to the people of Manipur to be transparent about their travel history outside the state as the disease is highly contagious.
The Chief Minister also mentioned that around 20 crores women who are Jan Dhan account holders will get Rs 500 per month for the 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 citizens, 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.
The Chief Minister expressed his happiness over the production of hand sanitizers, masks, etc. by students of Manipur University, Dhanamanjuri University and local entrepreneurs.