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State COVID-19 panel formed in Manipur

By Correspondent

IMPHAL, April 25 - A 21-member State Consultative Committee for COVID-19 has been constituted in Manipur with Chief Minister N Biren Singh as its chairperson, to fight the dreaded disease.

The committee was formed following a Cabinet decision on April 20, an order issued on Friday stated.

The committee includes five ministers and five MLAs, including three from the Opposition party. The Principal Secretary of Health and Family Welfare, V Vumlunmang, is the convener of the committee.

Meanwhile, a total of 22,018 people, who are stranded outside the State, have been provided Rs 2,000 each, incurring a total amount of Rs 4.4 crore.

Revealing this, the Chief Minister on Friday tweeted: �Till today, altogether 22,018 of our people stranded outside the State have been assisted through CM�s COVID-19 Relief Fund Rs. 2000 each, involving a total sum of over Rs 4.4 crores. Deeply grateful to hundreds of individuals and groups who have contributed to the Relief Fund in this moment of need.�

Earlier, Principal Secretary PK Singh, who is the Resident Commissioner of the Manipur Bhavan in New Delhi, led a team to provide dry rations to more than 2,000 students and people in and around New Delhi.

At the same time, the State Government has been distributing rice under the PDS to people of the State, including migrant workers, during the ongoing lockdown.

It may mentioned here that the two COVID-19 patients of the State, who were confirmed positive for the disease on March 24 and April 2 respectively, were discharged from the JNIMS and RIMS hospitals here on April 12 and April 21 respectively.

Meanwhile, necessary measures are being taken by the State Government to prevent further spread of the disease. State officials have screened a total of 1,95,315 individuals, while 416 were tested for the disease as on April 25. About 84 individuals are in government quarantine centres, while 313 have already completed their quarantine period.

Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing drive to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Singjamei Police arrested 40 persons for violating the ongoing lockdown restrictions and seized 44 vehicles. The lockdown violators were produced before magistrates and fine amounting to Rs 5,800 was imposed on them.

Similarly, Thoubal Police teams also arrested 298 lockdown violators and seized 181 vehicles, besides fine amounting to Rs 28,000.

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