Manipur imposes night curfew in wake of rising Omicron cases; medical emergencies exempted


Guwahati: In view of the rising Omicron cases in the country, the Manipur government on Wednesday imposed night curfew from 9 pm to 4 am. The restriction comes just days ahead of New Year celebrations.

As per an order issued by the state’s Home Department, essential services and medical emergencies have been exempted from the night curfew.

The state has also banned music concerts, thabal chongba (folk dance), celebratory feasts, large gatherings of people in enclosed areas or indoor halls.

“Wearing of face masks in public places, gatherings and crowded areas is a critical Covid Appropriate Behaviour and it should be strictly enforced and violators to be penalised promptly under relevant rules,” the order read.

All District Magistrates have been directed to enforce the curbs by invoking relevant provisions of law.

Notably, according to Union Health Minister, Manipur has reported one case of Omicron.

India’s Omicron case tally stands at 781, as per a COVID-19 bulletin issued on Wednesday morning. 

(With inputs from ANI)