The entire state of Manipur was under complete lockdown from 30 July till 6 August to contain the spread of the deadly virus COVID 19. But the situation even no seems no better. Newer cases of COVID 19 have surfaced in the state during this lockdown and the fact that these new cases do not have any travel history has rung the alarm bells.
The state government fears that community spread of the virus has begun. A Cabinet meeting was held Thursday (August 6) in Imphal to review the crisis and it was decided that the complete lockdown in the state should be extended for another 9 days till August 15. During this period certain relaxations will be allowed in a staggered manner for the benefit of the general public.
Home delivery of essential items are allowed. Locality based retail shops are allowed to open between 8 AM to 12 PM.Wholesale shops are allowed to open on all days except Sunday between 10 AM to 3 PM to replenish stocks of retailers.
All goods vehicles are allowed to ply and shops for truck repairs and dhabas on highways are allowed to open. All health-related institutions are allowed to function. All vehicles and people related to essential services are allowed.
All banks will function with 30% staff and ATMs will be operating. Apart from these vehicles with an only medical emergency will be allowed on the roads. The state of Manipur till August 6 has recorded 3217 COVID 19 positive cases of which 1905 have recovered and another 1304 are still active. The state so far recorded 8 deaths due to COVID 19 while the recovery rate in the state stands at 59.21 per cent.