Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh announced that the state is now novel coronavirus (COVID-19) free.
Singh took to Twitter on April 20th, 2020 to share the news. The Chief Minister gave credit to the public support, relentless service of healthcare workers and strict enforcement of lockdown to combat the spread of the highly contagious virus.
“I am glad to share that Manipur is now Corona free. Both patients have fully recovered and have tested negative. There are no fresh cases of the virus in the state. This has been possible because of the cooperation of public &medical staff and strict enforcement of lockdown,” Singh tweeted.
The Manipur Chief Minister also tagged PM Narendra Modi in the tweet.
Manipur had reported only two cases of the coronavirus infection. The first case in the state was that of a 23-year-old woman who had returned from the UK.
The second was a 65-year-old man who contracted the disease following his return from the Tablighi Jamaat in Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz.
Chief Minister Pema Khandu on April 16th, 2020 said Arunachal Pradesh became coronavirus-free after the State’s first and lone COVID-19 patient tested negative.
Khandu tweeted that the recovered person has been discharged and sent to institutional quarantine for the next 14 days.
Goa was also marked as coronavirus free as it has zero positive cases after all seven infected patients were discharged on April 19th, 2020.
The Ministry of Home Affairs has issued revised guidelines for the relaxations listing certain economic activities that will be exempted from the purview of the COVID-19 induced lockdown 2.0 from April 20th, 2020.
The economic activities will be allowed in areas with no new reported cases or minimum risk from coronavirus and the areas which have not been identified as COVID-19 hotspots.
The exemptions that have come into effect from April 20th, 2020 will cater to the health services, agricultural activities, financial sector, social sector, public utilities and commercial and private establishments.
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