The Manipur Government on February 6th, 2020, banned the import of packaged food items made in China, Myanmar and other Southeast Asian countries as a precautionary measure amid the coronavirus outbreak.
The Health Department of the state has directed all designated officers to inspect and seize imports found to be violating the ban. It also urged the public to avoid consumption of packaged food items that came in from the Southeast Asian countries.
It may be mentioned that Manipur shares 398 km of its border with Myanmar and imports a huge quantity of goods from Myanmar, China and other Southeast Asian countries.
The department regularly submits a report about the inflow of passengers from foreign countries and the screening tests conducted on them.
L Arke, additional director (Public Health) said that a total of 172 passengers from China, Thailand and Singapore have entered the state since January 11 and they are all kept under quarantine at their respective homes.
Seven samples collected in the state have been sent to the National Institute of Virology in Pune for testing. Two samples of the collected samples sent for screening for novel coronavirus in Manipur tested positive for swine flu.
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