Various political parties, churches, NGOs, student bodies, local or village councils, medical experts and scribes bodies on Wednesday held a consultative meeting over the rising COVID-19 cases and potential spread of Omicron, a highly transmissible new variant of coronavirus in the state, an official statement said.

The meeting was convened to deliberate about containment measures and future plans in view of the rising COVID-19 cases and possible spread of Omicron, the statement said.

Chief Minister Zoramthanga, who presided over the meeting urged the participants and the people, in general, to continuously concertedly fight against the COVID-19 pandemic amid rising cases and possible spread of Omicron in the state, it said.

He expressed gratitude for the manner in which political parties, churches, NGOs and villages authorities concertedly fought the pandemic in the last 2 years.

He urged them to continue with the collective effort to fight the rising COVID-19 cases and the potential spread of Omicron.

The chief minister further said that his government would do what is required and necessary to be done for the goodness of the people.

Health minister Dr. R. Lalthangliana told the meeting that the government would try its best to control the further spread of COVID-19.

He urged the people to strictly follow COVID-19 Appropriate Behaviour and other COVID-19 protocols to avoid lockdown and dos and also appealed to all eligible beneficiaries to get the vaccine.

Among others, the meeting discussed stricter screening of returnees from Indian states and abroad, uniform enforcement of COVID-19 guidelines in all parts of the state, conduct of awareness on the importance of wearing masks and dos and don’ts to be followed by the public with regard to COVID-19 and also launching of aggressive testing of samples.

The meeting was attended by assembly speaker Lalrinliana Sailo, home minister Lalchamliana, information and public relations minister Lalruatkima and health and family welfare board vice chairman Dr. ZR Thiamsanga

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