The Mizoram government on Friday extended total lockdown in Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area for another week till July 31 to curtail rising cases of Covid19 and facilitate the ongoing mass testing drive for Covid19 in AMC area.
Keeping in view of Covid19 situation, the state government also imposed certain Covid19 restrictions in other parts of the state.
The existing total lockdown, which came into force on July 18 in AMC area, was scheduled to be lifted on July 24.
The order issued on Friday said the current Covid19 positive detection rate in the state is extremely high in spite of the stringent measures taken by the government to curb the rising cases.
“It is felt necessary to continue with the current restriction for prevention of further spread of Covid19, and to facilitate the ongoing mass testing conducted by health and family welfare department,” the order said.
“The measures imposed vide order dated July 16 shall continue to be implemented till midnight of July 31,” it added.
According to the order issued on July 16, movement of people, including casual visit of neighbours or relatives residing in the same building complex, is strictly prohibited in AMC area during the full lockdown.
Lockdown or certain restrictions may be imposed in other parts of the state by deputy commissioners depending on the Covid19 situation and assessment made by them, it had said.
Earlier, the Mizoram government eased lockdown restrictions in AMC area and other parts of the state between June 30 and July 17.
However, the continuous surge in Covid19 cases compelled the government to reimpose total lockdown in AMC and stringent restrictions in other areas from July 18.
All places of worship and religious congregation, educational institutions, public parks, picnic spots, private companies, government offices barring a few, gymnasium, among others, will remain closed in all parts of the state.
Sports practice, public gathering and public amusement are also strictly prohibited in all parts of the state, the order had said.
Essential service like water and electricity supply, medical service, hospital, dispensaries, pharmacies, vaccination, LPG distribution, filing stations, among others, will function normally.
All shops will be closed in AMC area except those dealing with essential commodities, which are to be opened as per arrangement made by respective local task forces.
There is no restriction for travelling and transportation of goods outside AMC area, the order had said.
Mizoram on Friday reported 847 new Covid19 cases, the highest single-day spike since the state reported its first Covid19 case in March last year.
The state’s Covid19 count reached 30,492, of which 7,559 are active cases.
As many as 22,802 people have recovered from the infection, including 185 on Friday.
A total of 131 people have succumbed to the infection so far.
The recovery rate among Covid19 patients is 74.78% and death rate is 0.42%.
The state has tested 5,78,890 samples for Covid19 till date.
According to state immunisation officer Dr. Lalzawmi, over 6.16 lakh people have been inoculated with Covid19 vaccine till Thursday of which 1.63 lakh have received both doses of the vaccine.