Mizoram goes back to ‘Total’ Lockdown mode

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Guwahati: Unlike Assam, there will be no Unlock 1.0 in Mizoram as the government in the neighbouring state has decided to go back to a total lockdown mode once again starting on Tuesday.

Mizoram has reported 42 COVID 19 positive cases out of which 41 are active. One patient has been cured of the disease.The state recorded a surge in the number of coronavirus cases recently.

The Mizoram government’s decision came at a time when neighboruing Assam has reopened malls, restaurants and places of worship.

Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said, “There will be total lockdown in Mizoram for two weeks starting from Monday midnight.”

The decision was taken after the CM took part in a consultative meeting on Covid-19 with representatives from Member of Legislatures, government officials, church leaders, village and local councils members, Taskforces, NGO’s to discuss the State’s way forward on Monday.

Zoramthanga also pressed for a mandatory institutional quarantine period from current 14 days to 21 days for those who have been returning to the state after the lockdown was eased. Consultative meeting chaired by CM decides to extend the period of quarantine which currently is 14 days to 21 days with immediate effect

He said, “Home quarantine option will be limited to only extreme unavoidable cases. Fresh guidelines will follow soon.”

However, local standalone shops and other commercial establishments were allowed to operate daily till 5 pm.

Shops located inside shopping complexes and commercial centres within Aizawl were also allowed to open on alternate days.

“Arranging funerals have been allowed after obtaining special permission from authorities, with a 20-person cap on the guestlist.

The same applies to weddings,” official sources said.

The night curfew in Mizoram to continue from 7 pm to 5 am, more than five persons cannot assemble in public.

Schools and colleges to remain shut, but they may be reopened after July 15.

West Bengal too opted to extend the lock down till June 30.

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