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The Mizoram Congress has asked the state government to seal the Indo-Myanmar border to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Mizoram shares a 510 km international border with Myanmar.

The Congress in statement on Sunday said that the Indo-Myanmar border in Champhai district should be immediately sealed to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

The Congress alleged many commuters and traders from China and other Southeast Asian countries enter Mizoram through Myanmar without undergoing screening, which can be a big danger for the state in view of the coronavirus outbreak.

While lauding the state government for sealing the Indo-Myanmar border in south Mizoram’s Siaha district, the Congress said the main Indo-Myanmar border in Champhai and other districts should also be sealed immediately.

The Congress also expressed concern about the absence of laboratory and coronavirus detecting machine in the state.

“We ask the state government to immediately install machine and laboratory for sample testing and early detection of suspected coronavirus patients,” Congress media cell secretary C Lalhriatpuia said.

State health department officials said government has taken all precautionary measures to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus in the state.

More than seven screening counters along the national and international borders, including Lengpui airport have been set up in the state.

So far more than 14,600 people have been screened and at least 41 people are being put under home isolation to prevent the spread of the deadly disease.

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