Following the relaxation of the lockdown and curfew from 6 am to 4 pm in Manipur after the state was categorized a green zone, many people in the State particularly in Imphal came out all to buy essential items on Monday.

The official notification, issued by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, on relaxation of lockdown said people should maintain social distancing and use face masks while coming out of their houses.

The notification said other markets except three iconic women markets,Nagamapal and Ngari gali all in Imphal, are permitted to open during the day’s relaxation period.

But the movement of public in between 6 pm to 6 am is not permitted during the said two weeks relaxation period of the lockdown, as per the notification.

Though the authority allowed to function all government offices subject to attendance of 50 per cent of the employees, the attendance are said to be low.

Similarly most of the private offices are also remains closed today due to the absence of the public transport systems in the state.

In some places, there are reports of violating the government guidelines during the day’s relaxation hours.

Meanwhile the state police department detained 311 lockdown/curfew violators along with 477 vehicles.

“They were fine a sum of Rs 67,150 only today,” says additional DGP L Kailun in a press note.

The police department warned those who violate the lockdown/curfew shall be dealt with strong legal action under National Disaster Management Act 2005.

It may be recalled that the first COVID-19 case was reported here on March 24 while the second on April 2.

However both of them recovered and discharged from hospitals on April 12 and 21.

Since then no new COVID-19 case was reported in the State.

As on Monday, 571 people have been tested for COVID-19 and 199,918 were screened for the infection in Manipur as per the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme reports.

In addition, 90 people are staying at government quarantine centres and 467 of them have completed their quarantine.


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