Omicron scare in Myanmar town: Manipur restricts free movement at Moreh
Moreh. File photo

Imphal: Amid a surge in COVID-19 infections and the Omicron variant in Myanmar’s Tamu town, the Manipur government on Monday announced restrictions on free movement of Myanmar nationals towards the border town of Moreh to prevent further spread.

The restrictions will be effective between February 1 and February 7, 2022.

In an order issued by Mannuamching, Tengnoupal district magistrate stated that cases of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 Omicron have recently been reported from the Tamu town of Myanmar, which can be a hotspot of COVID-19.

“There is danger of the new variant being spread from Tamu and some other villages in Myanmar to Moreh if entry is not restricted. There is urgency to restrict movement from the COVID-19 affected area,” the order said.

Notably, free movement for residents of both the countries within 16-km radius on either side of the border without passport or visa is permitted by both the Indian and Myanmar governments.

Moreh town in Manipur’s Tengnoupal district is an important international border crossing and major trade route that connects Southeast Asian countries. Each day, hundreds of people visit both sides for business and other activities without a passport or visa.

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