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COVID-19: Tripura government urges Centre to seal Bangladesh borders

COVID-19: Tripura government urges Centre to seal Bangladesh borders

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  23 March 2020 6:59 AM GMT

AGARTALA: As a precautionary measure to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the Tripura government has urged the Centre to seal the India-Bangladesh border to prevent any entry of foreigners from the neighboring country, though Dhaka is yet to suspend its international flight operations, said Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.

Deb, who also holds the Health department, told the media that foreign nationals arriving in Bangladesh can enter India through various means and could cause the spread of coronavirus.

“I have asked the Chief Secretary to take up with the Union Home Ministry to seal the Bangladesh borders to prevent the entry of any foreigners into India. Bangladesh's government is yet to stop operations of foreign flights into the country,” the Chief Minister said after interacting with the officials of all eight districts. He reviewed the preparedness to stop the COVID-19 spread.

“Most of Tripura’s border is with Bangladesh. We are concerned about this,” he added. Five Indian states — West Bengal (2,216 km), Tripura (856 km), Meghalaya (443 km), Mizoram (318 km) and Assam (263 km)— share 4,096-km border with Bangladesh. (IANS)

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