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A probe has been initiated against a social media post which claimed that a person infected with coronavirus has been detected and was quarantined at a hospital in Mizoram.

Aizawl district superintendent of police C Lalruaia said the police filed a suo-moto first information report against the social media post on Tuesday.

He said a rumour about a person infected with coronavirus being detected at ITI Veng locality was doing the rounds on messaging apps Whatsapp on Monday night.

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“The media post was a complete lie as no case of coronavirus has been detected in the state till date,” he said.

He said that a probe has been launched to find out the person responsible for the fake news.

According to the SP, a person can be booked under relevant section of IT Act and IPC for posting and spreading the fake news.

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The Mizoram government would close international border with Bangladesh and Myanmar and also inter-state border with neighbouring states barring few entry or exit points.

Mizoram is sandwiched between Bangladesh and Myanmar, with which it shares more than 820 km together.

The hilly state also shares 123 km inter-state border with Assam, and also hundreds of distance with Manipur and Tripura.

The state border with Assam is opened at Vairengte and Bairabi, with Manipur at Khawkawn and with Tripura at Kanhmun village.

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The State Government also banned entry of foreigners into the State to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

It has also decided to set up quarantine camp at tourist lodge in Lengpui near Aizawl to isolate suspected passengers, who entered the state by flight, apart from isolation wards in Zoram Medical College, district hospitals, community health centres and urban centres.

So far, 67 people, who returned from foreign countries, have been quarantined at their homes as a precautionary measure although they did not indicate symptoms suggestive of coronavirus.

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