The Manipur government has announced a total curfew across the state for 10 days with effect from July 18 amid the rising cases of Delta variant of COVID-19.
Earlier, on July 9, the state government extended the night curfew from 7 PM to 5 AM in all districts across the state till July 20.
“With the wide prevalence of Delta variant of Covid-19 in Manipur, there is a need to take stringent measures to break the chain of transmission. Therefore, the state government has decided to declare a total curfew from July 18, 2021, for ten days,” the health department said.
Meanwhile, Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh has announced that all the institutions, except the essential services, will remain closed during the curfew period. Services related to water and power supply, telecom and internet, air travel, and agricultural activities will function as usual.
Further, only the people coming out for vaccination and testing will be permitted to venture out.
The decision comes in the backdrop of Manipur reporting its highest single-day surge of 1,104 Covid-19 cases in the last 24 hours, taking the tally to 81,560.
In addition, 17 people succumbed to the virus across different hospitals. The death toll due to the virus in Manipur has reached 1,340.
As of Thursday, there were 8,558 active cases in the state, out of which 3,436 persons are on home isolation.