Arriving passengers being screened at LGBI Airport, Guwahati 
Arriving passengers being screened at LGBI Airport, Guwahati |File image
MIZORAM

Mizoram formally seals all borders to prevent coronavirus outbreak

State govt formally seals international & inter-state borders, barring a few entry and exit points, as a precautionary measure to prevent spread of deadly coronavirus

Henry L Khojol

Aizawl: Following the decision of a high-level meeting on Monday, the Mizoram government on Wednesday formally sealed its international and inter-state borders, barring a few entry and exit points, as a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of deadly coronavirus or COVID-19.

A notification issued by the home department said that check-posts at Zokhawthar village along Myanmar border in Champhai district of the state and Kawrpuichhuah along Bangladesh border in Lunglei district will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm.

Similarly, check-posts at Kanhmun along Tripura border in Mamit district and Khawkawn along Manipur border will also open between 9 am and 5 pm, the notification said.

As regards to the state's border with Assam, check-posts will remain open at Vairengte and Bairabi from 6 am to 10 pm.

“In all other international and inter-state borders and check-posts, other than the ones mentioned above, district authorities should maintain barricades and have police personnel on duty 24x7 to prevent entry of people from across the borders,” the notification also said.

The notification further stated that screening will be conducted on all goods and passengers in all the entry points and those who have obtained slips for screening within the stipulated time frame will be allowed to proceed after going through screening even after the closure of the gates.

Sources said that makeshift market places in Vairengte, Saiphai and Saipum villages run by locals and traders from Assam have been temporarily banned.

Health department officials said that screening for the deadly virus is being carried out in full swing in border areas and Lengpui Airport.

Till date, no case of coronavirus has been detected in the state, they said.

Department officials also screened a person, who returned from Singapore recently and was quarantined at home following a complaint lodged by a leader from an undisclosed locality in Aizawl on Tuesday evening, officials said.

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