India was plunged to a total lockdown when the number of confirmed positive coronavirus cases rose to approximately 500. Everyone was asked to stay at home and all services and shops closed except for hospitals and some essential services.
Under such a grim situation, the ugly truths behind coronavirus have come to the surface in respect of the northeastern states of the country.
Here’s a video that had gone viral for bringing betel leaves, a non-essential item in 3 different cargos when people are reeling under a scarcity of essential commodities and questioning what to eat or where to buy?
The video shows how beetle leaves were brought in by flights at Imphal Airport in large quantities in the midst of total lockdown.
The consignment received a lot of protest from the people of the state and the identity of owners behind the goods has been questioned.
MSF(Manipur Students Federation), a student body, has swung into action to punish the perpetrators and to take up appropriate befitting action to those involved.
This is an ugly truth, right?
What is your opinion?
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Manipur Woman Tests Positive After UK Travel
Manipur reported its first case of Coronavirus from a 23-year old woman who had traveled to the UK for her paramedical studies.
Fear gripped the whole state as a result of the young lady’s case and the Government of Manipur had instructed strict adherence to the rules and advisories.
The young lady is the first person to have contracted COVID-19 in the NorthEastern region. Her family members and co-passengers were tested, but all of them found to be negative.
The Manipur government has issued an order to strictly enforce the indefinite curfew in the State as a part of the measures to tackle COVID-19. Strict measures were taken up and people stay indoors for fear of the virus.
A government spokesman said that all grocery shops, vendors selling fish, vegetables and other items will not be allowed to operate till April 14.
The curfew, however, shall not affect the pharmacies, water supplies, sale and distribution of newspapers.
As usual hundreds of vendors had started selling the consumer items on Monday morning. A large number of people had assembled in the main city markets.
Police dispersed them within minutes as the crowd became unmanageable. The administration had to unofficially relax the curfew for a few hours to enable people to buy essential items.
However, the good news about Vimi Ningombam, a resident of Thangmeiband Lourung Purel Leikai area in Imphal West district, is that she has completely recovered according to a statement issued by Health Services Director K Rajo Singh.
Super Spreaders of COVID-19 in India Territory!
Meanwhile, officials claim that at least 99 people from Manipur had taken part in the religious conclave in New Delhi’s Nizamuddin.
A 53-year-old man from Lilong, who attended a religious congregation at Delhi’s Nizamuddin Markaz from March 13 to 15, became the second COVID-19 positive patient of Manipur.
As per the reports, the man visited several Meitei Pangal inhabited areas soon after returning from Delhi to preach what he had learned from Nizamuddin Markaz meet and even stayed for few days at Hatta Kangjeibung area and joined religious prayers (Namaz).
Following confirmation of the second COVID-19 positive case of the state, the Government had issued a statement mentioning names of 31 co-passengers of the man who boarded the March 11 Air India flight and informed them to immediately contact the Control Room or dial telephone No. 1800-345-3818.
It has also been reported that 193 people who attended the Nizammudin Markaz are still hiding in the nearby Assam state. This is not a good maneuver as it poses a high risk to the common mass.
Students, workers, businessmen, and pilgrims who have been stranded in different parts of the country cannot be brought home in the prevailing situation.
It is everyone’s duty to extend help to these stranded strangers in whatever possible way.
Official indications are that they will have to remain wherever they are till the lockdown ends.
Under such a situation, when TIME is just a fighting survival, 2 NE students in Karnataka were not allowed to buy groceries.
Is the community they are in too hostile? Who is to blame or what are your remedial measures? Leave your valuable opinions in the comment box.
We all have equal responsibilities in passing on the information to the authorities concerned to correct such social discriminations.
Bits of Racial Slurs Continue in India
The battle against COVID-19 is a tougher fight for the people of the NorthEast. Because amidst the nationwide lockdown, they are denied entry for groceries and other basic needs.
In such a trying time, they are battling racial discrimination in various parts of the country since the outbreak of the pandemic.
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Just as fire destroys everything, coronavirus destroys everyone irrespective of whether you’re a chinky, Musalman, Telegu or Marathi.
The death toll continues to surge each day as people die in an alarming number everywhere.
So, instead of hurling racial attacks, it is the time to save lives and save one another. Racial discrimination should be stopped immediately.
Here’s a 40-year-old man who was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly calling a woman “coronavirus” after spitting paan(beetle nut) on her face in northwest Delhi’s Mukherjee Nagar, police said.
The accused has been identified as Gaurav Vohra, a resident of Model Town, they alleged.
During the investigation, police analyzed the CCTV footage from the area and searched for a white scooter. After identifying the scooter, the accused was arrested on Wednesday.
Below is the picture of the accused and the victim girl(an M-Phil Scholar):
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The victim suffered eye-sore in the incident. Such acts are too clumsy for a decent society and need improvement.
To make the situation worse, see what’s next?
Manipuri Girls Facing the Brunt of Lockdown in Guntur, AP
There are more than 100 girls stranded at Guntur, AP who are willing to come home. They say that they are called ‘corona’ out there.
They have been teased while buying essential commodities in the market and even the auto-drivers refused them when approached, giving them no option but to walk back on foot.
These girls are facing a tough time and seek the immediate intervention of the Chief Minister to take them home. They are even ready to undergo the quarantine period of 14 days adopted by the State Government.
Meanwhile, the Chief Minister of Manipur, N Biren Singh, is reported to have asked the Civil Aviation Minister to relax the Lockdown for a day or so in order to bring the stranded girls from the nursing hostels.
There are many more students facing the same problem in the country. More stories of NE states will be covered in the next post.
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Now, as the whole world is kept under lockdown by COVID-19, it is our duty to obey the rules and guidelines laid down by our own Governments.
India, under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, moved to a total nationwide lockdown for 21 days starting from the 25 March 2020 and scheduled to expire on 14 April 2020.
Apparently, the lockdown is to continue considering the death toll that is surging up its spike. The honorable Prime Minister has already announced the extension of the lockdown till May 3.
The question each country is facing about COVID-19 is not about racial discrimination but about how we can unitedly destroy the virus together.
So kindly help in putting away this kind of prejudice at this juncture. And I do pray that you’ll not fail us in the matter.
Terrifying though the #coronavirus may be, it can be turned back. China, South Korea, Singapore, and Taiwan have equally demonstrated that, with undaunted efforts, the contagion can be brought to heel.
If they can do it, we can also do it.
Now, to finally overcome and defeat this terrible killer virus, our joint concerted efforts are needed. And if you have read this far, then you’re just awesome.
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