As precautionary measures against the widespread of coronavirus, the Sikkim Government on March 5th, 2020, ordered not to issue Inner Line Permit (ILP) to any foreign nationals in the state with effect from today.
The government also ordered the state’s Tourism and Civil Aviation Department not to issue permits for Nathula, a mountain pass in the Himalayas in East Sikkim district, with immediate effect.
“In view of the rapid spread of Corona Virus, no Inner Line Permit may be issued w.e.f 5 March 2020 to all foreign nationals. This also includes the Nationals of Bhutan. Further, no permits for Nathula may be issued by the Tourism and Civil Aviation Department with immediate effect,” an order stated.
However, the government said that over 4.06 lakh passengers arriving in the State have been screened so far for coronavirus infection, but no positive case has been detected.
A statement issued by the State health department stated that a total of 69,734 vehicles have been stopped for checking at Utteray, Ramman, Rangpo, Reshi and Melli checkposts and 4,06,993 passengers screened for symptoms of coronavirus, but no positive case has been found in Sikkim till date.
Meanwhile, the Health and family welfare secretary-cum-director general Pempa T. Bhutia asked all district magistrates to take steps to deal with any situation in the wake of reports of the outbreak of the disease in different parts of the country.
A total of 29 positive coronavirus cases have been detected in India so far, according to Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan.
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