IMPHAL, April 6 - In order to ensure total lockdown as an intensified measure to contain the spread of COVID-19 outbreak, all markets and shops, except pharmacies, milk booths and newspaper hawkers, have been ordered to keep business closed till April 12.
The respective district magistrates issued relevant and identical notification in this regard on Sunday evening.
In view of the development, almost all the markets and shops, including those located along important lanes in Imphal remained closed from dawn to dusk. Meanwhile, Chief Minister N Biren Singh continued to appeal to the people to stay at home during the lockdown considering the ongoing situation.
At this juncture, the state�s first suspected COVID-19 case was tested and found negative. �This is the second consecutive negative result in the last two days,� said spokesperson Dr Sasheekumar Mangang of the state health department in a press release on Monday. �She is likely to be discharged soon from JNIMS Hospital.�
It may be noted that the first COVID-19 case was reported on March 24 while the second positive case was confirmed on April 2.
In the meantime, state Governor Dr Najma Heptulla has donated 30% of her salary (Rs 12,60,000) for one year starting from April to the Prime Minister�s Citizen Assistance and Relief in Emergency Situation Fund.
The Central Agricultural University, Imphal also donated a sum of Rs 29.03 lakh to the PM Cares Fund. Moreover, scientists at the 7 CAU universities across the North East region have been making hand sanitisers as per WHO guidelines for the people, apart from propagating the benefit of social distancing.
The Manipur Civil Service Association has also contributed a total of Rs. 8.20 lakhs and donated to the Chief Minister�s Relief Fund.
In view of the acute shortage of essential commodities in Noney Bazar in Noney district due to the ongoing lockdown, a team of philanthropists from Duiluan Part-2, Matung (Wairangba),Tameglong district led by three members of village authority handed over fresh vegetables to the members of Longmai Bazar Board, Noney,sources said.
Shops gutted: At a time when the state is struggling to fight the COVID-19 pandemic, three shops attached to a house were gutted in a fire at Khurai Sajor Leikai in Manipur�s Imphal East at around 9 am today.
Demise condoled: The Manipur Ex-MLA Welfare Association condoled the sudden demise of former Deputy Chief Minister Dr L Chandramani Singh at around midnight on April 4.
BD Behring, president of the Association while sharing the pain of the bereaved family, said that Dr Chandramani was elected six times from Patsoi Assembly constituency to the state Assembly.
The Association observed one minute�s silence as respect to the departed soul.
In a press note, the Association said Chandramani Singh was a distinguished historian and parliamentarian. It will be a great challenge to fill the void created by his death.
He is survived by his wife and a daughter.