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Manipur COVID-19 cases climb to 304

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, June 9 - The total number of persons who have tested positive for COVID-19 in Manipur has increased to 304. The active cases stand at 243. The number of recovered cases is 61.

�Last night, 10 persons (one male, nine females) were confirmed as COVID-19 positive cases at the VRDLs (Virus Research and Diagnosis Laboratory) of the RIMS (Regional Institute of Medical Sciences),� said Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, Additional Director of Manipur Health Department in a press release issued earlier today. �They are from Kamjong and Noney districts.�

Meanwhile, 22 more persons (nine males and 13 females) were confirmed as COVID 19 positive at the VRDL, JNIMS, stated another release released this evening. The patients are from Chandel and Kangpokpi districts.

Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh today warned that those who violate the rules and guidelines of the quarantine centres in the State would be sent to Jail.

The Chief Minister was speaking to media persons after visiting the UNACCO School on the outskirts of Imphal to examine the feasibility of developing the school into a temporary COVID Care Centre.

The Government has decided that those who violate the guidelines of quarantine centres would to sent to jail, Biren Singh said, citing reports of violation of norms and rules by some inmates at the quarantine centres at Kanglatongbi, Thoubal and Churachandpur.

Regarding the opening of the COVID-19 Care Centre at the UNACCO School, the Chief Minister said the centre would start functioning from tomorrow with 100 beds. However, there is the scope of increasing the capacity to 300, he added.

Churachandpur district has the highest number of COVID-19 cases and containment zones among all the districts, Biren Singh said and added that the Bishnupur District Hospital has also started admitting COVID-19 patients apart from the RIMS and the JNIMS.

Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar and Youth Affairs and Sports Minister Letpao Haokip, besides State Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu and the Director of Health Services, accompanied the Chief Minister during the day�s visit.

The team also inspected the progress of construction of the permanent campus of the National Sports University at Haraothel/Koutruk.

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