Aizawl: Responding to the appeal made by Mizoram Kohhran Hruaitute Committee (MKHC), all churches of the state held mass prayer programmes on Saturday and Sunday seeking God’s intervention to contain the deadly coronavirus pandemic, sources said on Sunday.
A church leader said that special prayer programmes were held by some churches on Saturday night while others also held the same programme on Sunday morning and night.
He said that the mass prayer programmes are being held to seek divine intervention to ensure that Mizoram is safe from the spread of coronavirus and its global outbreak is fully contained.
He added that church members were also instructed to avoid spreading fake news on novel coronavirus and refrain from hoarding and hiking commodity prices.
On Thursday, the MKHC had appealed to all churches across the state to hold mass prayers in their respective local churches to contain the deadly coronavirus.
MKHC is the conglomerate of church leaders committee involving at least 15 major churches in the state, including Mizoram Presbyterian Church and Baptist church of Mizoram.
The committee had also asked people to respect the government’s preventive measure and refrain from hoarding and raising prices.
Meanwhile, state health principal director Dr F Lallianhlira said that at least 135 people have been quarantined at their homes till Sunday as a precautionary measure.
“They were more or less self quarantined though they did not have symptoms suggestive of coronavirus. The health department closely monitoring them,” he said, adding that one has been self-quarantined at a hospital in Thenzawl near Aizawl with the consent of her relative and local leaders.
He said that the self quarantined people have travel history to infected-countries like Saudi Arabia, Italy, Iran and France.
Eight people, who have been put under home quarantine, has been discharged after completion of incubation period, he said.
According to Lallianhlira, all the samples sent to Gauhti Medical College in Assam have tested negative.
He said that the state government is currently grappling with a tough screening task along the Mizoram-Assam border due to large number of commuters coming in daily.
He said that about 1,300-1,400 people are being screened every day at three counters in Vairengte near Assam border.
The government is planning to deploy more medical team and the matter would be discussed at a meeting on Monday, he added.