Aizawl: Various political parties, churches, NGOs, student bodies, local or village councils, medical experts and a scribe body on Wednesday held a consultative meeting over the rising COVID-19 cases and potential spread of Omicron in Mizoram, an official statement said.

The meeting was convened to deliberate about containment measures and future plan in view of the rising COVID-19 cases and possible spread of Omicron, the statement said.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who presided over the meeting urged the participants and the people in general to continuously and concertedly fight against the COVID-19 pandemic amid rising cases and possible spread of Omicron in the state, it said.

He expressed gratitude in the manner in which political parties, churches, NGOs and villages authorities concertedly fought the pandemic in the last 2 years and urged them to continue with the collective effort.

The chief minister further said that his government would do what is required and necessary to be done for the good of the people.

Health Minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana told the gathering that the government would try its best to control further spread of COVID-19. He urged the people to strictly follow COVID-19 appropriate behaviour and other COVID-19 protocols to avoid lockdown, also appealed to all eligible beneficiaries to get vaccinated.

Among others, the meeting discussed about stricter screening of returnees from other Indian states and abroad, uniform enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines in all parts of the state, conduct of awareness on importance of wearing masks and dos and don’ts to be followed by the public, and also launching of aggressive testing of samples.

The meeting was attended by assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, home minister Lalchamliana, information and public relations minister Lalruatkima and health and family welfare board vice chairman Dr. ZR Thiamsanga.

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