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    Coronavirus: Mizoram Seals International, Inter-State Borders

    The Arunachal Pradesh government has temporarily stopped issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners to check the spread of coronavirus

    The Mizoram government formally sealed the state’s borders with neighbouring countries and states, barring a few entry and exit points, to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus (COVID-19).

    The decision was taken as a precautionary measure following a meeting convened by Chief Minister Zoramthanga.

    International check-posts at Zokhawthar along the India-Myanmar border and Kawrpuichhuah along the India- Bangladesh border will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm, a notification issued by the Home department said.

    Inter-state check-posts at Kanhmun along Mizoram- Tripura border and Khawkawn along Mizoram-Manipur border will remain open from 9 am to 5 pm, it said. On the other hand, check-posts in Vairengte and Bairabi along Mizoram-Assam border will remain open from 6 am to 10 pm, the notification said.

    “Screening will be conducted on all goods and passengers. All passengers who have obtained slip for screening within the stipulated time frame will be allowed to proceed after going through screening even after closure of the gate,” the notification said.

    In all other International/Inter-State entry and Check Posts/Gates other than the Check Posts/Gates mentioned above the District Authorities should maintain barricades and have Police personnel on duty 24 hours to prevent entry of people from across the borders, the notification further added.

    The Manipur government has closed all border entry points with Myanmar as a precautionary measure in order to combat the spread of the COVID-19. The entry of foreigners from these border checkpoints is banned.

    On the other hand, the Arunachal Pradesh government has temporarily stopped issuing Protected Area Permits (PAPs) to foreigners to check the spread of coronavirus.

    Another northeastern state Sikkim, which shares borders with China, Bhutan and Nepal, had announced that it will not issue Inner Line Permit to foreigners, including Bhutan nationals. The Himalayan state also announced a blanket ban to visits to Nathula pass on the Indo-China border.

    At least 400 people in Assam have been quarantined after they came in contact with a tourist from the United States who tested positive for the COVID-19.

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