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Northeastern states seals international borders as precaution against COVID-19

Northeastern states seals international borders as precaution against COVID-19
March 11
11:59 2020

NET Web Desk

As a precautionary measure to halt the possible spread of the coronavirus, the Mizoram and Manipur government have sealed the international border the states share with neighbouring Myanmar and Bangladesh.

As per reports, Mizoram, which shares a 510-km border with Myanmar and 318-km boundary with Bangladesh, announced sealing of the borders on Monday after an emergency meeting of senior officials convened by Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

Similarly Manipur also followed suit and issued orders to seal the Indo-Myanmar borders. Many people have been kept under observation in both Mizoram and Manipur but no positive case has been reported in either state.

The Manipur government has closed the Gate No.1 and 2 in Moreh and other crossing points in the Manipur sector of Indo-Myanmar border until further orders. In an order issued by H Gyan Prakash, the state’s special secretary (home) it stated that , “In view of possible threat of transmission of Coronavirus/Covid-19, Government of Manipur hereby prohibits movement of people across the international border.”

Last week, two other Northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim temporarily banned the entry of foreigners to check the spread of coronavirus. Arunachal Pradesh shares borders with Bhutan, China and Myanmar while Sikkim has borders with China, Bhutan and Nepal. While Sikkim has suspended the issue of Inner Line Permits (ILP) to foreign nationals to prevent any incidents of deadly coronavirus in the state. The Arunachal Pradesh government has decided to temporarily suspend issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners to check the spread of coronavirus.

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