Manipur govt requests Centre to stop flights to clear Covid-19 backlog

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IMPHAL | JUNE 16, 2020:

Manipur government has requested the Central government to cease passenger flight services to Imphal for the next 10 days to enable the state to clear a backlog of Covid-19 tests of incoming passengers.

The decision was taken in order to clear the pending backlog of testing in Manipur and the congestion in quarantine centres. The government had requested to stop all passenger flights to Imphal from June 19 to June 28. Presently, there are five flights landing in Imphal.

In a letter to the Joint Secretary in the Civil Aviation Ministry, Usha Pandhee, the DGCA and the AAI, the Manipur Chief Secretary, J Suresh Babu had requested the Centre to issue the necessary instructions to all the airlines.

It is to be mentioned the total number of COVID-19 cases in Manipur has now reached 490, while the active cases are 339 and 151 have recovered from the infection.

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