ZoramthangaMizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga today said that he is personally in favour of extending the lockdown in Mizoram even though no community transmission or any new case of COVID-19 has been detected in the State. “Thanks to our collective efforts, we have managed to contain the outbreak of COVID-19 in Mizoram. However, I consider it best that the lockdown should continue for some more time,” Zoramthanga said. 

He added that extension of the lockdown is crucial as new cases were detected in the neighbouring States. “We have been guarding the inter-State and international borders very strictly. Stricter measures will be required in the days to come in view of the situation in our neighbouring States,” he said. The Chief Minister said that he had called for a meeting of all stakeholders, government officials, Health workers, church leaders, local bodies and NGO representatives on Saturday next, but it was postponed till Monday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi would address the Chief Ministers of all States and UTs on Saturday. 

As the ongoing lockdown will end on Tuesday, Monday’s meeting will take a decision on whether to continue with the total lockdown or to go for partial lockdown. The State Operational Team on COVID-19, comprising MLAs and doctors, had earlier proposed extension of the lockdown for another 14 days. Meanwhile, all samples of Mizoram have tested negative for COVID-19. 

The last batch of samples of doctors and nurses who are attending to Mizoram’s sole COVID-19 patient at the Zoram Medical College (ZMC), too, have tested negative. They were the first to be tested at the newly-established testing laboratory at the ZMC. Earlier, samples were sent to the Silchar Medical College for testing. - AIZAWL, April 9: Assam Tribune

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