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Kohima, March 30: On the sixth day of the 21-day nationwide lockdown in the fight against novel Corona virus, Nagaland continues to remain virus free as all the 22 suspected samples have tested negative.
According to Minister for Planning and Coordination and Government spokesperson on COVID-19 Nagaland, Neiba Kronu as on 5 pm Monday, all 22 suspected COVID-19 samples sent to testing labs at Guwahati and Dibrugarh in Assam and Imphal in Manipur have tested negative.
Updating the status of COVID-19 in the State, Dr Suokhrie said out of the 4,096 persons put under quarantine at home and also different government quarantine centres, 502 have covered the period and are out normal while 3,594 persons mainly those entering the state since March 6 last, most students returning home from outside the state, are under quarantine.
He said altogether 35,233 persons have been screened at the airport and railway station located in Dimapur and 14 inter-state and international border check gates.
On the sixth day of the lockdown, except for essential commodities shops and pharmacists, all business establishments remained closed while vehicles remained off the road.
The essential commodities shops are open for 4-5 hours daily in all districts, except Kiphire district where it is open on alternate days, confirmed Principal Secretary (Home) Abhijit Sinha.
Meanwhile, Minister Kronu said a special flight arranged by Indian Air Force (IAF) carrying a consignment of essential medical equipment weighing about 8 tonnes, including PPE, ventilators, N95 masks, sanitizers and other medical equipment by from Delhi landed at 3 pm in Dimapur airport.
Today, he said Governor R N Ravi carried out a detailed review to assess the evolving situation in the State on account of the COVID-19 pandemic, with DGP, Principal Secretary Home, Principal Secretary Health & Family Welfare and other officers.
The Governor has provided valuable suggestions for improving the preparedness level of the Health Department, keeping the morale of the health workers high, looking after the welfare of citizens stranded outside the state, feeding of daily wage earners and for many other important issues, the Minister said.
As regard the position of availability of essential goods and commodities, it continues to remain comfortable across the state, he said.
Kronu also thanked everyone for their continued adherence to the measures imposed for enforcing lock down and request for your continued support.
“You kindly stay at home, and when you have to come out for buying food and other essential commodities, please take utmost care to maintain social distancing,” the Minister said. (Page News Service)