Guwahati: Struggling with the heavy rush of incoming people into the state from other parts of the country, the Manipur government has asked the Centre to stop flights to Imphal for at least 10 days to enable it to clear a backlog of Covid-19 tests of incoming passengers.
Chief Secretary J Suresh Babu, in a letter to Usha Padhee, Joint Secretary, ministry of civil aviation, on Monday said the state government wants to halt incoming passenger flights from June 19-28.
The letter said, “As on date, there are five flights landing in Imphal. The state government has decided to stop all passenger flights for a period of 10 days to clear the pending backlog of testing and also clear the congestion in quarantine centres.”
“I request you to stop all passenger flights to Imphal from 19-06-2020 to 28-06-2020. Kindly issue necessary instructions to all airlines, DGCA and the AAI,” chief secretary J Suresh Babu said the letter.
He added that there has been a considerable delay in testing COVID-19 samples in Manipur, as a large number of people have returned to the state during the last couple of weeks leading to a huge backlog in the testing.
“Around 15,000 samples are yet to be tested,” Babu said.
The number of people testing positive for Covid-19 has been rising in Manipur since the inter-state movements of stranded people have been allowed by the Centre.
The first batches of stranded people to Manipur had arrived by trains before flight services were resumed towards the end of May.
Manipur has also decided to conduct RT-PCR tests of all those returning to the state in order to prevent community transmission of COVID-19. Only those testing negative are allowed to go to home quarantine.
Manipur has a total of 492 COVID-19 cases as of now, of which 344 are active