Imphal, Mar 5 : Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Thursday said that the government is closely monitoring the coronavirus situation and taking up all precautionary measures to counter it in Manipur. The Chief Minister appealed to the people of the State not to panic over the coronavirus and undertake basic self preventive measures such as washing hands regularly, using of mask, avoid mass gatherings, cover mouth while coughing and sneezing etc.
He informed that the government has already undertaken preventive measures in the state since January 18. Biometric attendance is temporarily suspended for one month in government offices, he stated during a media briefing regarding preparedness to tackle COVID-19 disease (popularly known as novel coronavirus) held at Chief Minister’s Secretariat today.. Stating that there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus in the State, Chief Minister said that till now, a total of 1,21,629 persons have been screened at Imphal International Airport and various surface points of entry viz. Moreh, Behiang, Sinzawl, Tusom, Kamjong, Mao gate, Jiribam etc.
Twelve samples were sent for laboratory testing. Out of which, 10 samples were negative and report for another 2 is still awaited, he informed. Maintaining that around 352 persons have been kept under surveillance, he stated that 'we need to take such precautionary measures as the disease’s incubation period is 14 days.
The Regional Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) has set up an isolation ward consisting of 8 beds with 4 ventilators ready for treatment to any suspected case. In JNIMS too, an isolation ward consisting of 6 beds with 1 ventilator is ready for treatment. The chief minister said that a control room has started functioning 24x7 with toll free number 0385-2411668. Dedicated ambulance has also been kept for transportation of suspected cases.
During the press conference, officials of health department gave a detailed power point presentation about the update and preparedness of COVID-19 in the State. It may be mentioned that there are around 90,870 confirmed cases of coronavirus globally and around 3112 people have died so far. In India, there are around 31 confirmed cases of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). (UNI)