As the state witnesses a steady rise in COVID-19 cases, the Mizoram government on Saturday extended complete lockdown in capital Aizawl till June 14.

Whereas COVID-19 positive cases have not declined and the number of casualties is increasing in recent days, it is felt necessary to continue with the current restrictions imposed for curtailing peoples movement and activities with the purpose of containing further spread of coronavirus, the government order said.

The lockdown guidelines issued on May 29 shall continue to be strictly implemented till 4 am of June 14, the order added. The ongoing complete lockdown in Aizawl was scheduled to be lifted on June 7.

According to the order issued earlier, people residing within Aizawl Municipal Corporation (AMC) area should not step out of their homes or compounds during the total lockdown.

Shops dealing with essential commodities in AMC area will be allowed to open every morning and those dealing in agricultural seeds and equipment, school textbooks, motor workshops and spare parts will open on Tuesday between 5 am and 5 pm.

Shops dealing with construction materials, computer, mobile will be opened on Friday between 5 am and 5 pm, it said.

Vegetable and meat markets are allowed to open on Friday, the order said.

Hospitals, nursing homes, clinics, laboratories, pharmacies, dispensaries, bank and non-banking financial institutions, post offices, filling stations, LPG store houses, fair price shop, animal feed store are exempted from the restrictions.

However, economic and other agricultural activities outside AMC area will function normally under strict adherence to COVID-19 protocols.

Besides, all government offices barring few will remain close during the extended complete lockdown in Aizawl. However, government offices and commercial banks will be allowed to open under strict Covid protocols outside the jurisdiction of AMC area.

Intra-state or inter-village movement is strictly prohibited except under medical emergencies and exceptional cases, the order said.

Mizoram on Saturday reported 236 fresh cases of COVID-19, taking the states overall tally to 13,300. The state now has 3,316 active cases, while 9,932 people have recovered from the infection so far.