Covid-19 pandemic and conditions of students in Manipur

    03-Jun-2021
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Thangminlun Haokip
What is Covid-19?
Corona viruses are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases. Novel coronavirus (nCov) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans. ‘CO’ stands for corona, ‘VI’ stands for virus, and ‘D’ stands for disease, hence the terminology ‘Covid-19’.  Formerly, this disease was referred to as ‘2019 novel corona virus’ or ‘2019 nCov’. The official names COVID-19 and SARS-CoV-2 were issued by the WHO on 11 February, 2020. This name was given because the virus is genetically related to the coronavirus responsible for the SARS outbreak of 2003. While related, the two viruses are different.
Spread in Manipur
The first Covid-19 positive case of Manipur was confirmed on 24th March, 2020 on a young student who was returning to the State from UK.  The 23 year old woman who was found to have tested positive for Covid-19 with overseas travel history was then later again reported or found to be negative for the virus where and was discharged from JNIMS as she recovered completely after successful treatment. The State reported its first Covid-19 death on 29th July, 2020 who was a 56-year-old man, who succumbed to the disease at the Regional Institute of Medical Science (RIMS), Imphal. Since then Covid-19 postive cases continue to rise in the State leading to imposition of complete curfew in most parts of the districts and extension of lockdown as a whole in the State.
How does the pandemic affect the people of Manipur ?
It is now more than a year and a half, 14 months since the pandemic hit Manipur- causing difficulties to the masses where everyone is fighting for survival and coping to live with the pandemic. The greatest global crisis since after World War II, it really is a blow of adversity where millions lost their life, countless number have become homeless and jobless. Consequently, tens of thousands of  people goes to sleep empty stomach as they have  no source of income  and work to feed their hungry families, waiting only to die of hunger; which reflects the inhumane situation over which they have no control but to face and fight. It is the daily wage earners who have been hit the hardest.
The Government may have taken all possible steps yet not all people have been reached by schemes and thousands still remain unattended, with no medical treatment given and no proper supply of essential commodities to live on.
Moreover, the pandemic had given us a new lifestyle, in a way that we never thought of.
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