The Manipur government on Thursday extended the lockdown and curfew for seven days in Jiribam district, after considering that strict measures need to be enforced in some areas though the overall situation has improved in the district.
An order issued by chief secretary Dr J Suresh Babu has stated that extension of the total lockdown and curfew in the district comes into immediate effect from Thursday.
As per an order issued earlier on July 4 by the state, the lockdown was imposed till Wednesday in Jiribam, it said. However, considering the necessity to extend strict enforcement of containment measures in some areas though the overall situation is improved, the lockdown and curfew have been extended till July 22, it added.
Those providing essential services can travel as per DC’s permit and interstate good carrying vehicles can come into the state, it stated. Passengers arriving into the state though Jiribam will be kept at the institutional quarantine centres opened in Jiribam district, it added.
Of the 47 Jiribam police personnel who were earlier tested COVID-19 positive, 10 police personnel, including the assistant sub-inspector, tested negative for the disease on Monday.
Police said the negative patients are continuing their quarantine period at Manipur Police Training Center (MPTC), Pangei, Imphal East. The collection of test samples of the entire police personnel of Jiribam police station has been completed but the police station is still under containment zone.
It is said that the remaining positive police personnel will continue treatment at COVID care centres.
After the ASI posted at Jiribam police station was first tested positive, the remaining 46 police personnel also tested positive for COVID-19. The ASI’s wife and their newborn child were tested negative though they had a history of travelling together.
Most of the police personnel of the said police station were posted there to monitor the returnees at Jiribam railway station which is the lone railway station in the state.