Aizawl: Invoking ‘The Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897’, the Mizoram government has rolled out regulations according to which the government can use force to quarantine and isolate certain people to prevent the spread of coronavirus, an official said.
The 10-point regulations named ‘The Mizoram Epidemic (COVID-19) Regulations, 2020’ were extended to the whole of the state, the official added.
The regulation said that any person, who returned from coronavirus-affected states and countries in the past 28 days, must report to screening points and will have to put under home quarantine or isolated at designated isolation facilities, failing which he will be forced to be either quarantined at home or isolated at designated isolation centres.
During the isolation period, the person must strictly follow the government regulation and call state helpline number in case he has any health complaints.
Any information related to the virus should not be taken as authentic unless otherwise given by state health principal director and nodal officer of Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), the regulation said.
The regulation also said that no private laboratories are authorised to take or test samples for coronavirus. The government will set up sample collection centres as circumstance demands.
Any passengers coming from outside the state must report to government designated screening points for screening.
Any person, who has complaint of coronavirus like symptoms must call state helpline number-102 (toll free), 0389-2318336/ 0389-2323336.
Any violation or failure to comply with the regulations will invite legal punishment under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.
Meanwhile, a meeting of council of minister was held on Thursday to review the measures taken up the state government in view of the coronavirus pandemic.
Chief minister Zoramthanga, who chaired the meeting, said that the government has allocated adequate funds required for prevention of the spread of coronavirus. State health minister R Lalthangliana also informed the meeting that efforts are on to procure coronavirus test kits. He said that additional thermal scanners have been ordered to meet the requirement.
He added that online system of Inner Line Permits has been temporarily suspended and temporary ILP is issued on exceptional case. The Cabinet meeting said that the India-Bangladesh has been completely sealed. The meeting also decided to temporarily close the state museum.
It was mentioned in the meeting that Lengpui tourist lodge and Zokhawthar village on Mizoram-Myanmar border has been designated isolation facility.
The meeting further decided that to set up local or village council level task force to prevent the spread of the virus.