Lockdown to be extended till July 15: CM

IMPHAL, 28th Jun: The state government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for another 15 days with effect from July 1.
This was stated by Chief Minister N Biren Singh at a press conference held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat here on Sunday.
Biren informed that the government has also decided to reopen the inter-district bus services from July 1 with strict adherence to SOPs and lockdown guidelines issued by the health ministry. No other public transport system will be allowed during this period, he added.
Appealing to everyone for observing the SOPs and guidelines issued by the government so as to contain COVID-19 pandemic, the Chief Minister informed that the total number of positive cases in the state has reached 1094; 432 patients have been discharged and there are 660 active cases at present.
Revealing that the COVID-19 recovery rate of the state is 39.56 per cent, he conveyed that the testing capacity has increased to nearly 2600 tests per day as a result of arrival of new testing machines and employing of more work forces.
More than 50,000 samples have been taken for re-test including that of frontline workers and almost all the test results have been declared, he added.
Reflecting on the recent procurement of TRUENAT machines, Biren informed that the initiative was taken up to supplement the testing capacity in the state.
The chief minister explained that the TRUENAT machines can give about 20 – 35 results per day depending on the capacity and can supplement PCR machines for urgent or vulnerable cases. Biren further informed that at present, there are two machines installed at RIMS, one machine at JNIMS, two at IRL Imphal, two in Senapati district, one machine in Tamenglong district and one machine in Ukhrul district.
Asserting that there is no case of community transmission of COVID-19 pandemic in the state, Chief Minister said that almost all positive cases have been reported from among the returnees with exception to the seven frontline workers, who were in direct contact with the patients. Till date, around 43,000 people have been sent to institutional and community quarantine centres and around 7200 inmates are in different quarantine centres, he added.
Mentioning about the present capacity of beds in the state for treating COVID-19 patients, the Chief Minister informed that in addition to the isolation wards and COVID beds in each district hospital, there are 150 beds at JNIMS, 100 beds at RIMS, 350 beds at Covid Care Center, Meitram and 100 beds at Ukhrul District Hospital, which has been made functional as COVID Care Facility.
Conveying that the work is underway for adding another 750 beds in various facilities, he informed that this include 50 beds at Trauma Centre, Senapati; 100 beds at Family Welfare Training Centre, Imphal West; 100 beds at GNM School, Thoubal; 300 beds at Trade Centre, Lamboikhongnangkhong; 50 beds at BIET, Kangpokpi; 100 beds at NIELIT, Churachandpur and 50 beds in Tamenglong district.
The Chief Minister further informed that a sum of Rs 10 crore from State Corpus Fund and Rs 14.41 crore received as donation via Chief Minister’s COVID-19 Relief Fund are being used in the fight against the pandemic.
A total expenditure of Rs 18.22 crore has been made for transportation of returnees, purchase of rice, financial assistance to stranded persons and awareness activities by Committee of CSOs, he revealed. Among others, the press conference was attended by State Planning Board deputy chairman S Rajen and Yaiskul MLA Th Satyabrata.

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