Mizoram extends the blockade until May 31

AIZAWL: The government extended Friday until May 31 to control the spread of the infection, an official said.

The decision was made after several political parties and various organizations, including NGOs, churches and doctors, favored the extension of the blockade at a meeting on Thursday, he said.

At a multi-task group meeting on Covid-19 chaired by the Chief Secretary, it was decided that the shutdown will extend beyond May 17, the official said.

New guidelines for prolonged blockade were also discussed at the meeting, he added.

A task force was formed to study the extension of insurance coverage to front-line workers, such as the police, local or local workforce volunteers, special service government employees, and those who collect trash from quarantine facilities, the official said.

The prime minister who chaired Thursday's meeting said extending the blockade was crucial to ensuring public safety, although the state has been declared a green zone after its only patient recovered on May 9.

The patient, who had a travel history, tested positive for Covid-19 on March 24.

Mizoram began testing samples for Covid-19 at College (ZMC) on April 7. So far 202 samples have been analyzed in total and all were found to be negative.