The Manipur government has decided to impose a curfew in the state from Sunday to July 27 with exemption to some essential services in view of the surge in Covid-19 cases.
Chief Secretary Rajesh Kumar, who is also chairman of the state disaster management authority, announced this on Friday.
The chief secretary in an order issued on Friday said that the situation warrants stricter measures to bring down the spread of the infection.
Curfew has been imposed across the state from July 18 to July 27, he added.
Only essential services related to vaccination, Covid testing, medical services including hospitals, clinics and pharmacies, water supply, power supply, police, telecom and internet services, air travel, agriculture, horticulture, garbage clearance, Petrol pumps, LPG distributors and goods trucks are allowed, the order said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday interacted with chief ministers of eight Northeastern states through video conferencing.
He had expressed concern over big crowds thronging hill stations and market areas without masks and social distancing.
The virtual meeting was attended by chief ministers of Assam, Nagaland, Tripura, Sikkim, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh and Mizoram, and by Union Home Minister Amit Shah and Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya, among others.
Manipur recorded 1,128 new Covid cases Friday that took its tally of positive cases to 82,688.
The state has registered 1350 Covid deaths so far, and there are 9033 active cases in the state at present.