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7-day total lockdown in Nagaland from May 14 evening

Nagaland News

Dimapur, May 13: Nagaland will come under total lockdown for one week from 6 pm of May 14 till May 21 to contain the alarming spread of coronavirus, which is seeing an unprecedented surge for the last more than two weeks in the State.

In the last 48 hours, Nagaland has reported 704 COVID positive cases and 21 deaths, and there is fear that these numbers will only rise in the coming days. State health authorities are struggling to cope with this exponential increase as ICU and Oxygen beds are running short in designated COVID Hospitals.
During the 7-day total lockdown period, all activities and movement of people will remain suspended except permitted activities such as essential services, including agricultural activities.
However, all healthcare facilities, pharmacies, hospitals, clinics, nursing homes, movement of healthcare workers, including for COVID-19 vaccination, COVID testing and medical emergencies will be allowed during the lockdown period.
Also vegetable shops, fish, meat vendors, milk booths, bakeries, local grocery stores including those selling animal feed will be open for public purchase from 6 am to 12 Noon under the supervision of respective District Task Forces in consultation with the respective colony/ward authorities ensuring COVID-19 appropriate behaviour.
Exceptions have also been made for movement of vehicles carrying essential commodities/food items and medical supplies including oxygen/oxygen cylinders and other medical equipment.
Further, all places of mass gathering will be closed. All social, political, sports, entertainment, academic, cultural, religious functions and other large congregations are barred except for solemnization of weddings with prior permission from District Task Force limited to maximum of 20 persons. Funeral services will also be limited to not more than 20 persons.
Ongoing construction works have been exempted subject to the contractor/owner ensuring adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours. The respective DTFs have been asked to ensure that labourers already at site are engaged and no new labourers are brought from outside.

Petrol pumps have been allowed to remain open, while ensuring there is no crowding. All establishments and personnel relating to electronic and print media, telecom/internet service providers will also remain open.
Dimapur Airport will remain open and movement of staff and passengers (with proof of ticket) will be permitted subject to adherence of COVID-19 appropriate behaviours.
(Page News Service)