Imphal, Aug 4: Considering the report of the high positivity rate in seven districts, the Manipur government has extended ongoing curfew for another four more days in seven districts-Imphal West,Imphal East,Bishnupur,Thoubal,Kakching,Chandel and Churachandpur till August 7.
The government also enforced night curfews from 6pm to 5am for the same period in the remaining nine districts-Jiribam,Kamjong,Kangpokpi,Noney,Pherzawl,Senapati,Tengnoupal,Tamenglong and Ukhrul.
The state chief secretary Dr Rajesh Kumar who is the chairman of the state executive committee of the state disaster management authority issued an order in this regard last evening.
As per the order, unavoidable customary and religious rituals can be performed in open sheds by restricting the number of invitees to only 20 in the above nine districts. Dedicated teams of police department and health department shall strictly monitor the containment zones, it said.
As per the new order of the state home department, opening of insurance offices will be allowed for three day from 10 am to 2.30pm like in the case of banks.
Offices of the state government and Centre can be opened with physical attendance of Group A officers and 15 percent of the remaining staff by taking adequate precaution and strictly following Covid appropriate behaviour, it said.
All employees working in Information and Public Relations, Power, Fire Service, Public Health and Engineering department, Consumer Affairs Foods and Public Distribution, Health, Forest, Environment and Climate Change and Treasuries and Police departments and district administration are to function normally, it stated.
All healthcare facilities, including animal healthcare, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes and movement of healthcare workers are permitted to open. Opening of all pharmacies and opticians including those selling veterinary medicines are permitted.All agricultural and horticultural activities are permitted,it said.Opening of shops and establishments dealing with inputs like fertilizer,seeds,pesticides,mechanical tools,fish feed and animal feed are also allowed.
Considering the report of wide prevalence of Delta Variant of the Coronavirus in the state and the need of taking up stringent measures to break the chain of transmission,the state government had announced since last month. Local body and civil society organisations in the State are also supporting the total curfew.