Aizawl: Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), a conglomerate of major churches in the state, has called for state-wide prayer to contain the spread of COVID-19 as the Northeastern state grapples with the second wave of the coronavirus pandemic.

A church leader said on Saturday that a prayer will be held by people in their respective homes on Sunday at 7 pm to seek divine intervention to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

In this connection, a prayer programme will be organised by the MKHC at Zarkawt Presbyterian Church building in Aizawl, which will be live aired through local cable televisions, he said.

All the people will join the prayer programme at their respective places at the same time, he said.

The leader said that the present border dispute with neighbouring Assam, Myanmar political crisis and refugees are among the prayer subjects.

Meanwhile, chief minister Zoramthanga has urged the people to join the state-wide prayer called by the church body.

“The state of Mizoram has tried its best, our doctors and medical experts are also putting in their best efforts and although this has helped us to a great extent, the number of Covid-19 cases can’t subside till today,” he said.

“We should seek forgiveness for our sins and also seek divine intervention so that this pandemic leave us at the earliest,” he said.

Mizoram continues to grapple with the second wave of COVID-19.

The Northeastern state on Saturday reported 483 COVID-19 cases, pushing the state’s tally to 26,690.

At least 120 people have succumbed to the infection so far.

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The number of active cases now stands at 5,741, while 20,829 people have recovered from the virus.

The state government has re-imposed a seven-day total lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area commencing from July 18 due to the continuous spike in COVID-19 cases.

The total lockdown will remain in force till midnight of July 24.

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