Mizoram Extends Lockdown till May 31

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The Mizoram government extended its lockdown till May 31 to check the spread of novel coronavirus infection, an official said.

The decision was taken after various political parties and several organizations, including those of NGOs, churches, and doctors, favou­r­ed extension of the lockdown at a meeting on Thursday, he said.

At a meeting of various task groups on COVID-19 presided over by Chief Secretary Lalnunmawi Chuango, it was decided that the lockdown will be extended beyond May 17, the official said.

The lockdown will be extended with new guidelines that were discussed in the meeting, the official added. A task group was for­med to study about extending insurance cover to frontline workers such as police, village or local-level task fo­r­ce volunteers, government employees on special duty and those who pick garbage from quarantine facilities.

Meanwhile, Assam CM Sarba­nanda Sonowal also proposed the Centre to extend the lockdown till May 31. He said, “I have written to the Centre requ­esting it to extend the lockdown by two more weeks. All the sta­tes were asked to write to the Cen­tre on the lockdown and related aspects by May 17. The Centre wou­ld then take a final call on the extension and other criteria.”

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