Govt. to lift COVID-19 lockdown orders on nation’s first quarantined village today
Kaptel, the first village in the country that has been placed on lockdown since 23 March 2020 will see its COVID-19 restrictions lifted later today.
The National Central Committee on Prevention, Control and Treatment of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) stated yesterday that the lockdown measures would end at 4pm in the Chin village in Tedim Township.
The official announcement came after all of the four positive patients, identified as Case-1, Case-23, Case-78 and Case-113 who were relatives of the first patient, and another 82 suspects including health staff who were believed to be in close contacts with the four patients, had tested negative.
However, people in the village, where Tuang Suan Khai, Case-1, was staying and initially found to be sick with COVID-19, would have to follow rules and guidelines issued by the Ministry of Health and Sports.
The Chin State Health Department mentioned that the current restriction measures and guidelines imposed across Chin State, including curfews, wearing masks and ban on public gatherings, will remain effective in Kaptel and elsewhere until further notice.
Sia Mung, a leading member of COVID-19 Emergency Committee – Tedim and the focal person of Satellite Migration Advice Centre – run by CHRO in partnership with Tedim Youth Fellowship under Twe Let project, said that villagers would be allowed to go to their cultivation and collect firewood but they would be banned from travelling to other villages.
Tuan Suan Khai, originally from Kaptel and now a US citizen, was discharged from the Tedim General Hospital on 30 April and is placed in home quarantine in Tedim Town.#