New Delhi: At a time when the coronavirus cases have gone up to 45 in the country, Mizoram’s state chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo told news agency PTI that the state’s borders with Myanmar and Bangladesh will be sealed and the entry of foreigners will be banned to prevent the spread of the virus. Also Read - Coronavirus: Primary Schools in Bengaluru to Remain Closed From March 10 Till Further Orders
As per updates, Mizoram shares a 510-km border with Myanmar and a 318-km border with Bangladesh. Also Read - Coronavirus: Haryana Govt Employees Will Not Mark Biometric Attendance Till March 31
After holding a review meeting with state chief minister Zoramthanga, state chief secretary Lalnunmawia Chuaungo said it was decided that the borders with the two countries will be sealed to prevent the spread of coronavirus. Also Read - Coronavirus: IAF's C-17 Globemaster, That Brought Back Stranded Indians From China, to Leave For Iran Today
He said, however, the entry from Myanmar will be allowed at Zokhawthar for senior officials and in case of any emergencies where a medical team will be deployed round the clock to screen the people coming in.
The state government has also decided that all inter-state borders except four entry points will be closed and Inner Line Permits will not be issued to new entrants.
Apart from Myanmar and Bangladesh, Mizoram also shares inter-state borders with Assam, Manipur and Tripura.
As per updates, the entry points with Assam will be open at Bairabi and Vairengte, with Manipur at Khawkan and with Tripura at Kanhmun.
As a precautionary measure, at least 67 people have been put under isolation at their homes although they did not show any symptoms of coronavirus. To contain its spread, the state government would expedite surveillance along the national and international borders, including Lengpui airport.