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The Mizoram government will open its border with neighbouring states Assam and Tripura only thrice a week from August 24 to regulate the movement of people from outside to contain the Coronavirus infection in the state.

The only airport in the state, Lengpui airport, will operate thrice a week from August 24 following a spike in COVID-19 cases in the state, an official said on August 21.

The official order stated that Lengpui airport and two entry points – at Kanhmun on the Mizoram-Tripura border and Vairengte on the state border with Assam will be open only on Monday, Wednesday and Friday for entry of persons by flights and road transportation starting from August 24.

The state has sealed international and inter-state borders barring a few entry points, which were opened for vehicles carrying goods in March to prevent the spread of novel coronavirus.

The state government has banned entry of trucks and other vehicles carrying goods barring essential commodities into the state since August 7.

Mizoram’s COVID-19 tally now stands at 874. At present there are 472 active patients while 402 people have already recovered from the disease.

Meanwhile, the state government extended a complete lockdown imposed in the state capital Aizawl to facilitate extensive tracing and testing of people till 4.30 am on August 24.

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