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Plea to wear face masks to contain spread of COVID-19
 IMPHAL, July 13 - Despite a spike in COVID-19 cases in Manipur, the number of recovered cases surpassed active ones.

 However, the Manipur health authority appealed to the public to wear face masks “to prevent spread of COVID-19.”

Urging the public to wear face masks when they speak to their colleagues, close friends and relatives, Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, Additional Director and spokesperson of the Health Department in a press release on Sunday night said, “wearing face masks is a very effective non-medical means to prevent spread of COVID-19. People should wear face masks whenever they go out of their house,” he said.

Meanwhile, with 17 new cases of COVID-19, the state had a total of 1,626 positive cases today.

The new cases of COVID-19 were confirmed as new cases at the viral research and diagnosis laboratories of JNIMS, said an official source.

With the latest development, the cumulative number of positive cases in the state is 1,626. The total number of active and recovered cases are 656 and 970 respectively.

In the past 24 hours, 74 persons were discharged from various Covid Care Centres of the state, it added.

A total of 3,01,743 persons were screened at various entry points of the state till today, while 64,080 samples were tested for COVID- 19, according to a latest report of the state surveillance officer of integrated disease surveillance programme, Manipur.

As per the report, altogether 54,550 persons completed their quarantine while 4,606 were still at various quarantine centres in the state.

Meanwhile, as part of the ongoing drive on violators of lockdown, and also for not wearing face masks in public and not maintaining social distancing to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Manipur Police detained 411 persons along with 310 vehicles and collected a fine amount of Rs 60,750 as per law, according to police sources.

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