COVID-19 update: Six states seal borders with Assam
Northeast: Amid growing coronavirus scare six neighbouring states have sealed borders with Assam to check the spread of the pandemic. As per reports, the BJP or its ally/s ruled Tripura, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Nagaland sealed borders with Assam and imposed restrictions on inter-state movement of people. The Chief Ministers of these states passed strong order to seal the borders as the number of the novel coronavirus positive cases in Assam is seen increasing by the day. In Tripura, Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb, who also holds portfolio of the state Home and Health Departments, gave strict direction to concerned officials to seal the state’s borders with Assam and Mizoram, where one person tested positive for the deadly virus. Likewise, Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphu Rio has ordered to immediately seal the border with Assam in Wokha district. Similar steps have also been taken by Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur and Mizoram Governments. As per reports, while two persons tested positive for novel coronavirus in Manipur, one positive case has been detected in Arunachal Pradesh. Assam reported 26 COVID-19 positive cases which are the highest among the North-eastern states till now. However, four North-eastern states viz. Nagaland, Meghalaya, Tripura and Sikkim reported zero coronavirus case, so far. Assam shares 2,174km inter-state boundaries with Nagaland, Manipur, Meghalaya, Arunachal Pradesh, Tripura and West Bengal. The state also shares a total of 263-kilometre-long international border with Bangladesh and 267-kilometre-long border with Bhutan.