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Coronavirus crosses northeast walls; 23-year-old tests positive in Manipur

Coronavirus has now crossed the walls of the northeast, as Manipur recorded its first positive case. The resident arrived back home from Londo six days back, and started showing symptoms from Sunday. On being tested, her reports came positive on Tuesday morning.

The press note issued from the government of Manipur read, “A 23-year-old Manipuri person returning from the UK has tested positive today morning. She belongs to the Thangmeuband area of Imphal West.”

“She is under care and treatment at JNIMS isolation ward. Tracing of her contacts is important and anyone who came in contact with this person are inform the Director of Health Services Manipur at phone 9402880191/2411668/18003453818 and start self-isolation immediately until further instruction,” it added.

At a press conference, the Health and Finance Minister of Assam, Himanta Biswa Sarma announced that starting 6:00 PM March 24, 2020, Assam will undergo a lockdown in order to contain the COVID 19 virus. The lockdown will continue till March 31, 2020, announced Sarma.

He made it clear that grocery stores, pharmacies and petrol pumps will function as usual. “There is no reason for us to go panic buying today and tomorrow and stock up as the stores will remain open. Also, essential services will continue to function,” said Sarma.

Violating the Coronavirus lockdown will amount to a jail term of 6 months and the second violation will attract a jail term of 2 years added Sarma.

Many states in India are locking down as a preventive measure to contain the deadly coronavirus which has already infected 482 and claimed the lives of 9 in India as of now.


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