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State Government is mulling of imposing total lockdowns to curb spread of coronavirus in wake of escalating COVID-19 cases : CM

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Imphal, 19 September 2020 ( Evening News ) : Chief Minister Nongthombam Biren has expressed concerns that there is possible evidence of Community Transmission in the State. He disclosed that discussions are underway to impose Complete Shutdown in the State in wake of the surging COVID-19 positive cases. Speaking on the sidelines of the 222nd Death Anniversary observance of Shree Shree Rajarshi Bhagyachandra at Shree Shree Govindaji Temple in Palace Compound today, Chief Minister N. Biren expressed disappointment that people are seemingly less bothered about following COVID-19 SOPs. Stating that the situation in the past few days is quite alarming in the State, he informed that the Government has identified High Risk areas and the pockets, which are severely affected. He said that the State Government has started imposing lockdown in COVID -19 Containment Zones as a part of the stricter measures to combat the pandemic. Biren disclosed that he chaired a meeting of experts yesterday with regards to imposition of Complete Lockdown in the State. Asserting that imposing Total Lockdown will hamper the State’s economy, Biren mentioned that the State Chief Secretary has already sought advice from the Centre for the same. He added that the State Government along with Local Clubs and other CSOs are carrying out COVID-19 awareness mass drives. He urged the public to stay aware of the prevailing COVID-19 situation in the State and appealed to cooperate and abide by the guidelines & SOPs issued by the State Government and Health Department at all times to ward off COVID-19.

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