Aizawl: Lockdown-like restrictions in Aizawl and other district headquarters of Mizoram are likely to be extended for another seven days to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission, health minister Dr R Lalthangliana said on Friday.

“I consulted chief minister Zoramthanga over the extension and he too agreed. The matter will be resolved at a state-level meeting to be held in the afternoon,” the health minister told a meeting of health officials, leaders of churches and NGOs convened by state governor PS Sreedharan Pillai on Friday morning.

He said that the restrictions aiming at curtailment of the rising COVID-19 chain will be imposed in a more stringent way.

The state-level meeting involving some ministers, important officials, doctors and leaders of churches and civil society organisations is in progress at the time of filing this report.

Earlier on Thursday, ruling Mizo National Front (MNF) legislator and medical operational team on Covid-19 chairman Dr. ZR Thiamsanga had alleged that guidelines are being flouted in many ways especially at weddings, funeral and in the streets.

He alleged that people came out to the streets in large number in violation of the guidelines, which even caused traffic snarl in the state capital and some others district headquarters.

Also read: Mizoram reports 140 new COVID-19 cases, 2 more deaths

Commencing from April 20, the state government has imposed lockdown-like restrictions in all 11 district headquarters, including Aizawl to break the chain of rising COVID-19 transmission and to facilitate COVID-19 test and contact tracing.

The existing restrictions are scheduled to be lifted at 4 am on May 3.

According to officials, a majority of COVID-19 cases detected during this year were locally transmitted cases.

The northeastern state on Friday reported 140 new COVID-19 cases and two more fatalities. The total Covid-19 count has amounted to 6,019 and the death toll to 15.

There are 1,122 active cases in the state while 4,882 people have recovered from the infection.

Also read: Mizoram: Medical team recommends extension of ‘lockdown’

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