CM N Biren Singh addressing a press conference in Imphal (file image).

The Manipur government has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown for another 15 days, which is scheduled to conclude on June 30.

This was announced by the chief minister N Biren Singh while addressing a press conference in Imphal on Sunday afternoon.

Chief minister Biren said the government has also decided the opening of inter-district bus service by maintaining SOP (Standard operating Procedure).

He further maintained that the testing capacity has increased to nearly 2600 tests per day by getting new machines and engaging more persons.

More than 50,000 samples have been taken, including for re-test and for testing frontline workers till now.

Almost all test results have been declared, he added.

Mentioning that in order to supplement testing capacity, TRUENAT machines have been procured, he said.

“At present there are two machines each in RIMS, IRL Imphal and at Senapati, one machine each at Tamenglong, JNIMS and one being installed in Ukhrul,” he said.

He added, TRUENAT machine can give about 20 – 35 results per day depending on the capacity and can supplement PCR machines for urgent or vulnerable cases.

Informing that there is no case of community transmission of the disease in the State, he said that almost all positive cases are from returnees except 7 frontline workers who were in direct contact with positive cases.

Mentioning about the present capacity of beds in the State to treat the COVID-19 patients, he said at present, 150 beds in JNIMS, 100 beds in RIMS, 350 beds in Covid Care Center Meitram, 100 beds in Ukhrul are functional as COVID care facility, in addition to isolation wards and COVID beds in each district hospital.

He maintained that work is going on for adding another 750 beds in various facilities, namely in Senapati Trauma Centre (50 beds), Imphal West Family Welfare Training Centre (100 beds), Thoubal GNM School (100 beds), Lamboikhongnangkhong Trade Centre (300 beds), Kangpokpi BIET (50 beds), Churachandpur NIELIT (100 beds) and Tamenglong (50 beds).

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