Aizawl | Jagran News Desk: The Mizoram government on Monday announced that it has decided to impose a complete lockdown in the state in wake of the rising coronavirus cases in the country.

In a statement, the state government said that there will be a complete lockdown in Mizoram for two weeks from June 9, adding that it will issue guidelines later in the day.

"Consultative meeting chaired by Chief Minister decides to impose two weeks total lockdown of the state with effect from 00:00 hours of 9th June 2020 in view of the prevailing situation. Lockdown Guidelines will be notified shortly," Mizoram's Directorate of Information and Public Relations said in a tweet.

In another statement, the state government said that it has also decided to "extend the period of quarantine which currently is 14 days to 21 days with immediate effect".

So far, Mizoram has reported 34 coronavirus cases and zero fatalities in the state, according to the latest information available at the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. According to the Health Ministry, there are 33 active COVID-19 cases in the state.

Mizoram's decision to impose a complete lockdown across the state comes on a day when the country entered the "Unlock 1.0", the first phase of the Centre's three-phase plan to uplift the coronavirus-induced nationwide lockdown. 

However, there has been an alarming spike in the number of coronavirus cases in the country as well. On Monday, India's death toll due to COVID-19 rose to 7,135 and the number of cases climbed to 2,56,611 in the country after it registered 206 fatalities and a record single-day spike of 9,983 cases.

India is the fifth worst-hit nation by the COVID-19 pandemic after the US, Brazil, Russia and the UK, according to Johns Hopkins University data.

The number of active novel coronavirus cases stands at 1,25,381 while 1,24,094 people have recovered and one patient has migrated, it said.  

"Thus, around 48.36 per cent patients have recovered so far," a senior health ministry official said. 

(With agency inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma