Mizoram COVID-19: Fresh lockdown in Aizawl

Mizoram COVID-19: Fresh lockdown in Aizawl

Fresh lockdown in Aizawl

Aizawl: Mizoram government has imposed a fresh lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area from October 27. The lockdown began at 4:30 am on October 27 and will continue till 4:30am of November 3.

An emergency meeting with the presence of health officials, doctors, churches and NGOs held on October 26 decided to impose lockdown within the AMC area, after obtaining due consent from the chief minister Zoramthanga.

The meeting decided that the future course of action will be taken depending on the COVID-19 situation.

Fresh lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area

The government, in an order issued on Monday night, said the recent “surge in COVID-19 cases with untraceable contacts” and the rise in the number of symptomatic patients within Aizawl municipal area are matters of grave concern for public health authorities, as this is “considered as an indication of community spread”.

“In the light of the present situation, it is necessary to impose fresh restrictions within AizawI Municipal area to curtail unnecessary activities so as to break the chain of community transmission without hindering essential services,” the order said.

At least 188 COVID-19 cases were detected in Aizawl since October 18, official sources said.

The decision to impose lockdown, which came into force at 4.30 am, was taken on Monday at an emergency meeting chaired by health minister R Lalthangliana, and attended by senior officials, doctors and NGO representatives.

Streets in the state capital wore a deserted look as only vehicles carrying essential items were seen plying.

According to the government order, entry and exit of people to or from Aizawl has been prohibited, with some exceptions, which included the Local Level Task Force (LLTF) for medical emergencies.

Lengpui airport would be operational during the week but flight passengers needed to seek permission for movement from the government on mCOVID-19 app, it said.

All education institutes, religious places, outpatient departments of hospitals, and shops, barring those selling essential commodities, will remain closed till November 3.

The number of attendees at a funeral or a wedding has been fixed at 35, while the government has decided not to allow more than five workers at construction sites.

Mizoram is the only state with no COVID-19 related deaths so far.

Altogether, 1,06,307 samples have been tested in Mizoram so far, including 1,762 on Monday.

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