Mizoram government has banned the entry of goods carrying trucks and other vehicles from outside the state as more than 18 truck drivers have tested positive for novel coronavirus.
This decision was taken in a cabinet meeting. However, essential commodities carrying vehicles will be exempted from the ban, an official said.
The official said the cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Zoramthanga decided to temporarily ban entry of vehicles carrying commodities barring those carrying essential commodities at the existing two entry points in Vairengte on the Mizoram-Assam border and Kanhmun on the state border with Tripura until further order to prevent further spread of novel coronavirus in the state.
The vehicles carrying essential commodities will have to undergo mandatory screening and Rapid Antigen Test at the entry points and they will be allowed to make inward movement to the state if they test negative for the virus.
The vehicles will not be allowed to stop on the way until they reach their destinations and they will return to their states after unloading the commodities.
Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga has also written to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to restrict the entry of security forces in the state to control novel coronavirus infection in the hill state.