All schools in this state to remain closed till July 24 amid increase in Kovid-19 cases

Imphal: Amid a sharp rise in new cases of COVID-19, the Manipur government on Tuesday ordered the closure of all schools across the state till July 24. A notification issued by the Manipur government said, “As the Covid-19 cases rise and the test positivity rate ratio in the state is more than 15%, all schools (government/private) in the state will remain closed till July 24.

The order comes in the backdrop of reports of rising test positivity rate ratio, which currently stands at over 15%. On Monday, 47 persons tested COVID-19 positive, taking the number of active cases in the state to 172. However, no new deaths were reported in the state keeping the cumulative death toll at 2,120.

India on Tuesday recorded 13,615 new coronavirus infections in a day, while active cases rose to 1,31,043, according to data from the Union Health Ministry. The total number of COVID-19 cases in the country rose to 4,36,52,944 and the death toll rose to 5,25,474 with 20 new deaths, data updated at 8 am.

Active cases comprise 0.30 per cent of the total infections, while the national COVID-19 recovery rate was recorded at 98.50 per cent, the ministry said. The active COVID-19 caseload has registered an increase of 330 cases in a 24-hour period.

India’s COVID-19 tally had crossed 20 lakh on August 7, 2020, 30 lakh on August 23, 40 lakh on September 5 and 50 lakh on September 16. It had crossed 60 lakh on 28 September, 70 lakh on 11 October. 80 lakh on 29 October, 90 lakh on 20 November and crossed the one crore mark on 19 December.

The country crossed the grim milestone of 20 million on May 4 and 30 million on June 23 last year. It had crossed the four crore mark on January 25 this year.