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Manipur Govt seeks Centre�s nod for chartered flights to bring back residents

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, April 30 - The Manipur Government is seeking permission from the Union Ministry of Civil Aviation and the Union Ministry of Home Affairs for chartered flights to bring back the State�s stranded citizens from different parts of the country. This was stated by Manipur Health and Family Welfare Minister L Jayantakumar Singh while speaking to reporters at his residence here today.

Stating that the Government is taking steps to bring back Manipuri people stranded outside the State, Jayantakumar Singh said that as a first step, four buses had already been sent to Assam to bring back 84 persons who are stranded at the Manipur Bhawan in Guwahati. The passengers will be strictly screened once they arrive at the Mao Gate, after which they will be sent to quarantine centres for a day for further examination. Later, they will be recommended a 14-day mandatory quarantine either at home or at institutional quarantine centres, depending on the decisions taken by health experts.

The minister said that the local people should not stigmatize the persons who are returning home. He also highlighted the facilities available to tackle COVID-19 at different district hospitals, including the RIMS and the JNIMS.

Stressing the need to maintain good health and practise social distancing to keep COVID-19 at bay, the State Health Minister said that the Government has been making the best efforts to fight the pandemic.

The Manipur Government is keeping in touch with the Union Ministry of Health for suggestions to take up further steps in curbing the pandemic. Stating that both COVID-19 patients of the State were discharged after they were found negative in successive tests, Jayantakumar Singh, however, clarified that this does not mean that the State is totally free from the disease.

Manipur�s first COVID-19 case was reported on March 24, while the second was confirmed on April 2. No new case has been reported in the State.

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