Lack of discipline cause of Covid spike in state: CM

IMPHAL, 13th Jun: Lack of discipline among inmates and violation of safety guidelines are the main reasons for the rise in number of Covid-19 cases in the state, chief minister N Biren Singh has said.
Speaking on the sidelines of his visit to the new Covid Care Centre opened at UNACCO School, Meitram in Imphal West District on Saturday, CM Biren re-asserted that mischievous inmates would be put behind bars and pointed to eight persons already jailed for their unruly conduct in a quarantine centre.
He further stated that it was encouraging that MLAs, CSOs and many student bodies have been actively involved in imparting awareness to the inmates of quarantine centres so that they may understand the gravity of the situation and realise the importance of maintaining safety guidelines.
The CM informed that around 48 patients are being treated in the new Covid Care Centre and the government is considering increasing the number of beds from 100 to 300. Necessary manpower has been deputed at the Centre for proper care and treatment of patients. Meanwhile, recovery rate of patients is also increasing, he added.
Revealing that RIMS would not admit new Covid-19 patients now, the chief minister said that it would be kept as a general hospital while Covid-19 cases would be treated only in JNIMS, COVID Care Centre, Meitram and some district hospitals.
The centre will treat those patients with mild and asymptomatic cases.
The CM also pointed out that lack of discipline among inmates and violation of safety guidelines are the main reasons for the rise of COVID-19 cases in Manipur and cautioned that those mischievous inmates would be put behind bars.
On Friday, six inmates at S Kula Women College quarantine centre at Nambol in Bishnupur were arrested by police and sent to jail for creating ruckus and vandalising the facility.
During his visit he was briefed by Health Services director Dr K Rajo and other officials outside the containment boundary of the Centre. Advisor to CM K Leishiyo, Kshetrigao MLA N Indrajit, Naoriya Pakhanglakpa MLA S Subhaschandra, and other officials also accompanied the chief minister during the inspection.

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