Aizawl: The Mizoram government on Monday rebuffed rumours about the spread of coronavirus in Serchhip district.

An official statement issued by state information and public relations department said that a rumour was doing the rounds of social media which claimed that a Chinese national, who had come to Serchhip for the International Paragliding Tournament slated for February 12, has been diagnosed with the deadly virus and was sent to Zoram Medical College (ZMC) for quarantine.

According to another rumour, a Mizo trader, who had returned from China recently, was found suspected to be infected with novel Coronavirus, and was also widely spread in messaging apps — WhatsApp, the statement said.

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On being informed about the rumour, Serchhip District Information and Public Relations Officer K Saitluanga contacted officials of district hospital, journalists and officials overseeing the paragliding tournament, and they confirmed that there were no such incident in the district, the statement said.

Serchhip district medical superintendent Dr ZD Lalmuanawma told the information officer that the district hospital did not receive any report of suspected patients and that he came to learn about the rumours when he was informed by scribes.

A local resident C Lalhminghlua has also informed the information department that no pilot from foreign countries has arrived in Serchhip to take part at the upcoming tournament, official statement said.

Terming the rumours “baseless” the government also cautioned people against misuse of social media in the wake of the outbreak of the deadly Coronavirus, which has claimed more than 300 lives in China.

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