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Manipur confirms 16 new COVID-19 cases
 IMPHAL, May 20 - With 16 more persons testing positive for COVID-19 today, Manipur has now recorded a total of 25 cases. Two patients had recovered and were released from hospital last month. The number of active cases stands at 23 following Wednesday’s development.

Additional Director of the Health Department Dr Khoirom Sasheekumar Mangang, in a press release, stated that 16 persons, including six men and ten women, were confirmed positive out of 90 individuals, who were tested at the Virus Research and Diagnostic Laboratory of the Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Medical Sciences here.

All the positive cases are confined to the quarantine centres, the latest official release stated. The Manipur Cabinet has also reviewed the status of all returnees and decided to segregate them from the other inmates in the quarantine centres.

Meanwhile, another special train carrying 485 stranded people belonging to the State from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh arrived at the Jiribam Railway Station this morning, sources said. Soon after their arrival, the returnees were transported to their respective districts in State Transport Department buses after necessary medical procedures.

Lockdown violators detained: The Manipur Police have detained 601 persons and seized 522 vehicles for violating lockdown norms in the State in the latest such incidents, a senior officer said.

They were fined a sum of Rs 66,500 on Wednesday by the magistrates concerned, a press note issued by Additional DGP (Law and Order) L Kailun said. The Additional DGP said the police department would continue to deal firmly with those who violate the lockdown violators, under the National Disaster Management Act, 2005.

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