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At least 475 people returned to Mizoram by a special train from Telangana on Sunday, an official said on Monday.

The returnees arrived around 8:40 am at the Bairabi rail station, from where they were picked by 32 buses to their respective districts after being screened, he said.

They were received by Kolasib district deputy commissioner H. Lalthlangliana, Kolasib superintendent of police Vanlalfaka Ralte and other officials at the rail station.

Of the 475 people, who returned from Telangana on Sunday, 216 belonged to Aizawl district, 30 to Lunglei district, 29 to  Serchhip district, 40 to Kolasib district, 41 to Champhai district, 35 to Siaha district, 22 to Mamit district, 23 to Lawngtlai district, 12 to Saitual district, 25 to Khawzawl  district and 2 were based in Hnahthial district.

All the 40 returnees in Kolasib district were sent to quarantine facilities on Sunday, the official said.

Other returnees would also be sent to designated quarantine centres once they arrived in their respective districts, he added.

An official of task group on migrant workers and stranded travellers said that more than 2,500 people have returned from different states during lockdown till Sunday.

He said that more than 1,600 people from Karnataka, Odhisa and Kerala are expected to arrive within this week.

According to the officials, more than 13,000 stranded in various states, have reported to the Mizoram government to return, till Friday.

However, the number is constantly fluctuating as some of them have cancelled it again and new applicants are still reporting them to the government, he said.

The government and churches have set up more than 430 quarantine facilities to accommodate more than 13,800 people across the state.

Mizoram as of now is COVID-19 free state since its lone patient, who was treated at Zoram Medical College (ZMC) near Aizawl was discharged after he recovered from the virus on May 9.

Health department officials said that at least two suspected Covid-19 patients were admitted in ZMC along with three attendants on Sunday.

Their samples were collected and results were awaited, they said.

Meanwhile, police said that a total of Rs 12.8 lakh has been collected as fine from at least 5,901 people for violating ordinance to contain the spread of Covid-19 since May 4.


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