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Don�t stigmatize Covid-19 positive patients: Manipur CM

By The Assam Tribune

IMPHAL, March 24 - Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today urged people not to discriminate against anyone who tests positive for COVID-19.

In a video address, he said �there is no need for stigmatization for none of them had indulged in immoral activities or done something that is socially unacceptable�.

The Chief Minister requested people with recent travel history to a foreign country to voluntarily share details with the government authorities and seek medical help.

�On the contrary, if individuals hide their travel history or condition, the possibility of affecting others would always be there,� Singh said, adding that sincerity and cooperation would help people tide over the crisis.

Expressing disappointment over the fact that several people ventured out defying the �complete lockdown� order and indulged in group activities, the Chief Minister said, �Some people ignored the rules, forcing the Government to declare curfew in the State.�

He, however, clarified there would no restriction on the movement of individuals who need to buy essential items.

A Statewide curfew was imposed on Manipur on Tuesday morning after a 23-year-old woman tested positive for COVID-19, officials said.

The woman, a resident of Thangmeiband Lourung Purel Leikai area in Imphal West district, had recently returned from the UK, a statement issued by Health Services Director K Rajo Singh said. � PTI

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