The northeastern Indian state of Manipur has closed its border with Myanmar amid coronavirus concerns, the region’s chief minister tweeted.
Myanmar has not publicly confirmed any coronavirus cases within its borders, but several Indian states in the country’s northeast are taking extra precautions as the virus spreads globally.
The nearby state of Arunachal Pradesh has banned the entry of foreigners due to fears of coronavirus spreading into the region. The state government issued a notice Friday stating that permits issued to foreigners to enter the state are being suspended until further notice.
Arunachal Pradesh is one of the states in India which comes under protected status and it also shares its border with China, Bhutan and Myanmar. Any individual who does not hold an Indian passport is required to apply for a “protected area permit” and can only enter the state once it is issued.
“Prevention is always better,” Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted on Friday.”To prevent spread of coronavirus in Arunachal, the protected area permit (PAP) being issued to foreigners has been suspended. This is in view of the reported cases of virus being detected in our country through people coming from abroad,” he said.
India has now confirmed 47 coronavirus patients throughout the country.
Two more cases were confirmed in Pune in the state of Maharashtra by the city’s divisional commissioner, Deepak Mhaisekar. Both patients had returned recently from Dubai and are now being treated in hospital.
Meanwhile, the first group of 58 Indian nationals who were stranded in Iran, where at least 7,161 patients have been infected and 237 have died, have returned, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar tweeted.