Guwahati: Amid a steady and alarming rise in the number of coronavirus cases, the Manipur government has extended complete lockdown in the state till August 31.
As per a notice issued by the Chief Secretary of the state, Dr. Rajesh Kumar, this has been necessitated by the "new cases infection of COVID-19 continues to bee detected amongst people who have no history of travel outside the state."
The decision was taken after discussions deliberations between the Chief Minister and his Council of Ministers "relating to lockdown and activities that can be allowed."
"There shall be lockdown except for the activities listed in the annexure and deputy commissioners will issue order imposing curfew from 5 pm in the evening to 6 am in their districts", the notification further added.
It needs mention here that as per the latest Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) figures, Manipur's active COVID-19 cases have surged past 1,800. While 2,300 people in the state have recovered after contracting the dreaded virus, 13 people have died so far.
The notice further added that the High Court of Manipur may issue its own order and guidelines based on orders and guidelines issued by the Central Government and State Government.
Meanwhile, with an increase of about 65,000 cases in 24 hours, India's Covid-19 tally crossed the 25-lakh mark on Saturday.
Close to 1,000 deaths were also reported within the span of a day. There are now total 25,26,196 cases in the country, including 6,68,220 active cases, 18,08,937 discharged/migrated and 49,036 deaths.
In another COVID-19 related development, the Delhi High Court decided to restrict its functioning as well as that of the district courts only to urgent matters till August 31 in view of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The court also directed that subject to complete availability of public transport and the situation in Delhi remaining stable, a plan be evolved for a gradual opening of physical courts from September 1 onwards.
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