18 Truck drivers tested COVID positive: Mizoram bans entry

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It has been reported that around 18 truck drivers and helpers are stuck along NH-306, which was formerly referred to as NH-54.

On Friday, the government of Mizoram decided to ban trucks carrying non-essential goods from entering the state. This comes after 19 individuals were tested COVID positive in Mizoram, out of which 18 were truck drivers and helpers. 

Commercial vehicles carrying essential goods will not be banned from entering, in order to prevent further spread of virus in the state.

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Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga held a meeting of the cabinet addressing the same issue. The meeting has decided to temporarily ban entry of vehicles carrying a shipment of non-essential goods at the two entry points in Vairengte on the Mizoram-Assam border and Kanhmun on the state border, according to an official.

The official further said that the cabinet shows concern towards the truck drivers and helpers who are stuck along the National Highway-306 between Hmangkhawthlir and Sethawn in Kolasib district.

The staff of trucks carrying essential goods will also have to undergo mandatory screening before entering Mizoram, she added. Also, trucks will not be allowed to make a stop on the way until they reach the destinations or return to their states after unloading.

The government stressed on the fact that transporters are bound to follow safety protocol and standard operating procedure (SOP), and not make physical contact with others while unloading.

Meanwhile, the deputy commissioner of Kolasib district claims that they have tested over 320 samples belonging to truck drivers and helpers since

Thursday. He added that the area between Hmangkhawthlir and Sethawn has been converted into a containment zone. Please visit our ‘Help Portal’ for more logistics-related information and updates.

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