IMPHAL, April 7 - Close on the heels of launching a website to reach out to the citizens of Manipur stranded outside the State after the nationwide lockdown due to the outbreak of COVID-19, the Manipur Government today launched another website to provide the latest and authenticated information on COVID-19 here.
Chief Minister N Biren Singh launched the website (www.mncovid19.in) at his Secretariat. An Android mobile application, MNCOVID-19, has also been developed.
Additional Chief Secretary (IT) Dr Rajesh Kumar, Director (IT) Nambam Deben and representatives of a software firm were present during the launching event.
On March 29, the Chief Minister had launched a website (www.tengbang.in) to reach out to citizens of Manipur who are stranded outside the State. The website is also integrated with a payment gateway so that the persons who want to donate to the Chief Minister�s COVID-19 Relief Fund, which was created last week, can donate through the online mode.
The website was launched in view of reports that many citizens from Manipur, mostly students, were stranded in various States after the Union Ministry of Home Affairs suspended all flights, trains and passenger movement by road for 21 days.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister�s Secretariat has resolved to transfer Rs 2,000 from the Chief Minister�s COVID-19 Relief Fund to bank accounts of those stranded outside the State due to the lockdown. The stranded citizens may check the website (www.tengbang.com).
Informing this through a Facebook post, Chief Minister Biren Singh said, �On this World Health Day, let us all take a pledge to stay at home and stay safe. I also salute all doctors, nurses, paramedics & other health and security personnel who are at the forefront in our undaunted challenge to #COVID19 outbreak.�
Earlier on March 28, the State Government had appointed Principal Secretary PK Singh, who is the Resident Commissioner of Manipur Bhawan, New Delhi, as the nodal officer to help and guide stranded citizens of the State by contacting the State governments concerned.
Meanwhile, the State�s first COVID-19 patient has tested negative for the second time in the last three days and is expected to be discharged from the JNIMS, a State Government hospital in Imphal East district, with advice for a 14-day home quarantine, official sources stated. The condition of the second COVID-19 patient, who is presently undergoing treatment at the RIMS Hospital, is also stated to be stable. So far, 194 persons have been tested in the State and 139 others are admitted to government quarantine centres.