Aizawl: Mizoram on Saturday announced the extension of complete lockdown in the Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area by another 7 days till 4 am of June 6.
Commencing from May 10, a total lockdown has been imposed in Aizawl and other district headquarters to break the chain of COVID-19 transmission. The complete lockdown has been extended at least two times and was scheduled to be lifted at 4 am on May 31.
However, this time the complete lockdown is extended only in the AMC area. The order issued on Saturday said that the majority of COVID-19 cases detected in recent days have been from the AMC area.
“The imposition of lockdown for a further period of 7 days is necessary in the AMC area to prevent further escalation of cases and overburdening of healthcare facilities,” the order said.
As restrictions on certain activities are still required in other parts of the state to contain the spread of COVID-19, specific order based on the local needs is issued to alleviate the hardship faced by the general public in places other than the AMC area, it said.
According to the new order, people residing within the AMC area should not step out of their homes or compounds during the lockdown.
As for areas other than AMC, deputy commissioners or district magistrates will impose stringent restrictions or lockdown if necessary depending on the COVID-19 situation in their respective areas, the order said.
Shops dealing with essential commodities in the AMC area will be allowed to open every day till 8 am and those dealing in agricultural seeds and equipment, school textbooks, motor workshops and spare parts will open on Tuesday between 5 am and 5 pm.
Shops dealing with construction materials, computer, mobile will be opened on Friday between 5 am and 5 pm, it said.
Vegetable and meat markets are allowed to open on Friday, the order said.
Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, dispensaries, bank and non-banking financial institutions, post offices, filling stations, LPG storehouses, fair price shop, animal feed store are exempted from total lockdown.
However, economic and other agricultural activities outside the AMC area will function normally under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols, the order said.
All places of worship, educational institutions, public parks, picnic spots, movie theatres, gymnasiums, community halls, restaurants, shopping complexes and malls will continue to remain close in all parts of the state.
Besides, all government offices, barring a few, will remain close during the extended complete lockdown in Aizawl.
However, government offices and commercial banks will be allowed to open under strict Covid-19 protocols outside the jurisdiction of the AMC area.
Only 30 attendees are allowed at funerals and wedding receptions in all parts of the state.
According to the order, state residents or visitors should enter the state only through those entry points currently opened by the state government.
Intra-state or inter-village movement is strictly prohibited except under medical emergencies and exceptional cases, it said.
Mizoram on Saturday reported 283 Covid-19 cases, taking the state’s tally to 11,659.
At least 118 people were discharged from various Covid-19 Care Centres on Saturday after they were declared fully “recovered.”
The number of active cases now stands at 2,863, while 8,761 people have recovered from the virus.
At least 35 people have succumbed to the infection so far.