Mizoram extends lockdown for eight more days

The ongoing lockdown in the state will lapse on June 22.

As the number of COVID-19 cases rises steadily in Mizoram, the state government has extended the ongoing lockdown for eight days in Aizawl Municipal area, all district headquarters and containment zones. This means that the lockdown is extended till June 30. The ongoing lockdown will lapse on June 22.

According to the Mizoram government sources, the lockdown effective from June 23 will have more stringent measures than the present one. Official sources said that such moves have become extremely important given the situation in the state.

The latest order of the State government issued on Sunday said that all international and inter-state borders will continue to remain sealed. However, entry points, including Vairengte and Bairabi on the Mizoram-Assam border and Kanhmun on the State border with Tripura will not be sealed for the transportation of essential commodities.

The order also said that the Lengpui Airport will remain operational. Besides the stranded people of the State, ‘outsiders’ who have permissions from the Home department will be allowed to enter the State.

The order also said that only those shops dealing vegetable seeds, essential commodities, farming tools, spare parts of vehicles, pharmacies and clinics will be allowed to open in “restricted areas”. Otherwise, shops and commercial activities in other parts of the state will continue as it is.

The order also said that tailoring shops, carpentry shops and bakeries will allowed to operate.

First Published:June 22, 2020, 9:31 a.m.