Mizoram in northeast India has further extended its lockdown till the end of the month, for the second time after extending it for two weeks on June 9, when rest of the India had opened up under Unlock 1.0.
“The State Executive Committee of the Mizoram Disaster Management Authority is of the view that it is necessary to further extend the total lockdown period from 23.6.2020 to 30.06.2020 so as to sustain the efforts towards the containment of COVID- 19,” a circular, undersigned by Mizoram Chief Secretary Lalnunmawta Chuango mentioned.
Earlier on May 30, when the Centre had decided to start implementing Unlock 1.0 from June 8 in which, certain businesses and activities were opened up under strict regulations, Mizoram announced its extension of the lockdown from June 9 for the next two weeks, till June 23.
Mizoram recorded its first case on March 25 who recovered on May 9 and remained COVID-free till June 2. It currently is the sixth among the lowest numbers of COVID cases with only 141 of which, 140 are active so far.
“The state was bound to receive its first lot of citizens who were stranded outside at sometime near the time when the rest of the country had announced unlock. We would have put the people of Mizoram at risk had we opened up the state borders,” Chuango said.
Under the lockdown guidelines, three inter-state entry points via Bairabi, Vairengte, and Kanhmun will remain open only for brining essential commodities. In case of the movement of other private vehicles through these gateways, the people need to get permission from the state home department.