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Aizawl: The Mizoram government on Monday decided to go on mass quarantine for incoming passengers at state’s designated quarantine facilities to contain the global outbreak and spread of coronavirus in the state, an official said on Monday.

A state health department official said that a meeting of departmental secretaries was held on Monday here in Aizawl.

The meeting decided to put all passengers coming from coronavirus affected states and countries under mass quarantine at government designated quarantine facilities to prevent the spread of the deadly disease in the state, he said.

He said that passengers, who came by flights and landed at Lengpui airport from coronavirus affected states like Maharastra, Kerela, Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Karnataka, Rajasthan and Punjab and those who came from abroad will undergo screening to be supervised by medical experts at the airport after which they will be immediately sent to be quarantined at designated quarantine facility at Lengpui near the airport.

After their initial stay at the designated quarantine facility, they will be examined to see if they are eligible for quarantine at their homes in consultation with local level task force of thier respective localities, the official said.

The meeting also decided to quarnatine 57 passengers, mostly students, who returned from Guwahati by a bus on Monday at designated quarnatine facility at Vairengte in Kolasib district on the Mizoram-Assam border.

In case of shortage of room, the passengers will be distributed to other designated quarantine facilites within Kolasib district, the meeting said.

Meanwhile, the state-wide partial lockdwon entered the second day on Monday.

In case of shortage of room, the passengers will be distributed to other designated quarantine facilities within Kolasib district, the meeting said.

However, shops selling essential commodities were opened between 9 am and 12 pm.

Sources said that some residents, who are loitering on the streets were warned by volunteers on duty to stay indoor.

Police said that the lockdown was total as not only people stayed indoor but also vehicles were off the road except those for officials on duty, media persons and medical emergency.

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On Sunday, Chuaungo had said that all the entry points along the inter-state and international borders have been completely sealed except at Vairengte.

He said that those vehicles transporting essential commodities and stranded residents from outside the state are allowed to enter the state.

The chief secretary also said that supply of essential commodities is unlikely to be hit by the partial lock-down, which will continue till March 29.

While appreciating the preventive efforts made by colleges and Mizoram Univeristy, health and technical education minister R Lalthangliana instructed the authorities to continue with imparting of education to the students through online system.

Earlier the state government has closed all educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the state.

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