IMPHAL, May 13 - A special train carrying 1,140 stranded people of Manipur which started from Chennai, arrived at the Jiribam Railway Station this afternoon. The train had left the Chennai Railway Station on Sunday evening.
Soon after their arrival, screening of the returnees was conducted in a district-wise manner, sources said. Those who completed the screening procedure were allowed to proceed to their respective districts.
State Chief Secretary Dr J Suresh Babu, who is overseeing the situation on the ground along with other senior officials, told reporters at Jiribam that a special train carrying stranded people of Manipur would leave Punjab tomorrow. It will be followed by another train from Bengaluru on May 15.
�We are bringing in stranded people from other parts of the country. So kindly register on the government website, www.tengbang.in, and the websites of the originating States,� Dr Babu said.
Around 34,000 out of the 45,000 stranded people of the State who have registered their names on the government website, have expressed their desire to return to the State, according to official sources.
Meanwhile, the State Health Department has issued a standard operating procedure for quarantining returnees. A medical team from Jiribam district will screen those who arrive by train, stated a press release.
�The stranded persons returning by road are sent to the district screening centre after medical screening at the Mao gate/Jiribam gate,� it added.
With the continuous arrival of stranded people, the testing rate of samples has increased in Manipur. The average testing rate of samples has risen to a three-digit figure in Manipur since Saturday. On Wednesday, a total of 176 persons were tested for COVID-19 and all of them were found negative.
So far, 2,07,966 persons were screened at various screening centres, including the Mao and Jiribam gates. As many as 765 persons are at quarantine centres and 1,754 have already completed their quarantine as on May 13.