With the second wave of COVID-19 gripping India, the Mizoram Government has urged the churches and NGOs in the State to revive efforts to contain the spread of the virus.

Mizoram Health minister Dr Lalthangliana while urging churches, NGOs and local volunteers to step up COVID-19 containment efforts informed that the State has witnessed gradual spike in COVID-19 cases since the last week of March.

Mizoram Health minister Dr Lalthangliana on Wednesday held interaction with representatives of churches, NGOs, Mizoram Village Council Association and Aizawl City Local Council Association in view of the sudden and rapid spike in COVID-19 cases.

He urged the leaders to make collective efforts and take immediate preventive measures to avoid the situation from going from bad to worse, a statement from the Mizoram Health Department stated.

Mizoram Health minister Dr Lalthangliana said that Mizoram registered a spike in COVID-19 recently following relaxation in COVID-19 protocols.

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He said that at least 32 COVID-19 cases were reported in the first week of April and most of the patients came from other states.

“With the rising COVID-19 cases, our present situation is hard to explain,” Dr Lalthangliana said.

The meeting of the Mizoram Health Minister with the representatives of the churches and NGOs also discussed the need to review night curfew, church service, sports activities, screening of Myanmar nationals, who had entered the state recently.

It was mentioned in the meeting that the Mizoram Government will soon issue a new Stand Operating Procedure (SOP) in view of the spurt in COVID-19 cases.

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