CM Biren moots extension of lockdown period

STAFF REPORTER
IMPHAL, 8th Apr: Chief minister N Biren Singh has batted for extension of lockdown in the whole country for 10 to 15 more days to fight the spread of Covid-19.
In an interview to Republic TV news channel, he also revealed that he plans to ask Civil Aviation Ministry to allow evacuation of numerous Manipuris who are stranded in various parts of the country so as to bring back to their homes.
On the Covid-19 scenario in the state, CM N Biren informed that only two cases have been found in the state out of which one has been cured with results showing negative after three tests but as a precautionary measure, her health condition is being monitored at JNIMS. The other patient is being kept at isolation ward of RIMS with close monitoring of his health by the doctors.
Biren shared his apprehensions over rising cases of Covid-19 in the country and stressed that the Union government should continue the nationwide Lockdown to totally stem the flow of cases. For this, he will speak to the Prime Minister while his government is also prepared for the consequences of continuing the lockdown, he added.
N Biren thanked the central government for continuous supply of Personal Protection Equipment, hand sanitizers, masks and other medical supplies to the state with five Air Force cargo planes landing in the state in 15 days carrying the supplies.
He further informed that state has been secured with all the NHs in the state sealed along with Indo-Myanmar border. But, still seeing the rising cases of Covid-19 in the country, it will be wise to extend the lockdown period, he reiterated.
CM Biren also expressed his wish to bring back all the Manipuri citizens stranded in other states and for that he has also earmarked a place to be designated as quarantine centre for them where they can be kept for 14-15 days.
There are 240 people in quarantine centres in the state, while two hospitals have been designated as dedicated hospital for the Covid-19 cases with 50 beds each namely, RIMS and JNIMS with all the requirements already supplied by the centre, he stated.
He further assured that all the supplies sent by the Union government have been distributed to all the districts and wherever they are required, with state government having enough stocks for future use. He also mentioned that 10 new ventilators have been installed at RIMS while 6 have been added to JNIMS.


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