Concerning the unabated surge of COVID-19 cases in Manipur, the Joint Committee on COVID-19 appealed to the people of the state to support the steps taken by the state government such as 10-day curfew, which is imposed from July 18 and the strict protocols to be followed to control the COVID-19 pandemic.
Addressing the media in a video release on Saturday, Joint Committee on COVID-19 member, Jeetendra Ningomba said that various strategies have been taken by the state government to control the pandemic. Besides this, various civil voluntary organisations are also playing a key role to break the chain by helping the government. However, the situation is worsening with an increase in the percentage of COVID-19 positive cases and the mortality rate is yet to reduce.
He further said that the rate of COVID-19 positive cases is relatively high in comparison with the population of the state. As such it is an alarming stage to break this chain by any means otherwise indigenous people of the state may face the threat of extinction.
“To control the pandemic, there is a strong need for cooperation from every section of the society. Experts from various countries have expressed their opinion to maintain strict COVID-19 SOPs and get vaccinated at the earliest to defeat this war-like situation,” appealed Jeetendra, who is also the president of CCSK.
He also urged people to remain inside their houses during the 10-day curfew with an objective to prevent from the possible third wave which is considered to be more dangerous than the first and second waves as per experts.
Another member of the committee, Teitas Gangmei, who is also Zeliangrong Baudi (Assam, Manipur, Nagaland) vice-president, said that people should learn to live with corona virus by maintaining proper SOPs as it has already been spread globally and would not be possible to prevent it permanently soon.
Without the support and cooperation from the public, the pandemic cannot be successfully controlled. Instead of only following the news, people should smartly maintain COVID-19 appropriate behaviour as responsible citizens, he added.
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