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COVID-19 cases touch 83 in Manipur
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 IMPHAL, June 1 - With 12 new cases, the total number of COVID-19 positive cases in Manipur increased to 83 on Monday, state Health department officials said. As of Monday, 11 patients have been discharged from hospital after recovery, and the number of active cases stands at 72.

Earlier, Dr Kh Sasheekumar, the state’s Additional Director and spokesperson of the Health department, said four persons were confirmed as COVID-19 positive at the Virus Research & Diagnostic Laboratory (VRDL) of Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences (JNIMS) on Sunday night. Two of them – aged 17 and 26 – are from Senapati district and returned from Chennai, while the other two – both aged 18 – are from Bishnupur district and returned from Uttar Pradesh.

Three more persons were confirmed on Sunday night at the VRDL, Regional Institute of Medical Sciences. The two males – 22 and 23 years – and the lone female (22 years) are from Thoubal district, and returned from Delhi, Uttar Pradesh and Hyderabad, respectively.

Their conditions are stable and they will be shifted to the COVID care facilities. The district authorities have taken up measures like containment and contact tracing.

Financial aid for deceased scribes: Chief Minister N Biren Singh on Monday assured Rs 5-10 lakh as aid for journalists who succumb to COVID-19 in the line of duty.

This assurance was given to a delegation of the All Manipur Working Journalists’ Union (AMWJU) and Editors’ Guild Manipur (EGM).

“Held a meeting with representatives of AMWJU and Editors’ Guild, Manipur to deliberate on the services by personnel of the print and electronic media at the frontline, joining the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and ways to compensate their hard work, and other issues,” Biren Singh later tweeted.

Scribes who attended the meeting said that after listening to their issues, the Chief Minister assured similar schemes for other frontline warriors like police. He also directed the officials to clear pending advertisement bills.

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