KOHIMA, MAY 7: The second day of seven days containment and night clampdown at Kohima and Dimapur experienced almost lockdown situation in the State capital today.
At least 80% of shops and business houses remained closed today, while vehicular traffic and movement of pedestrians, was thin in the state Capital. As reports of surge of positive cases of novel Coronavirus at Kohima, despite a sort of mini lockdown, people preferred to stay indoors, rather than risk their lives. Except few groceries shops, pharmacies and footpath vegetable vendors, by and large shops and business houses remained closed.
There was no decision by the State Government to enforce total lockdown as last year but alarmed public have resorted to panic buying of essential commodities. The District administration has warned the shops not to resort to artificial shortage of essential commodities and hike prices.
The weeklong mini-lockdown has also affected the normal functioning of Departments as attendance in the offices was very thin.
The administrations and police are on the job trying to enforce rules and procedures during the containment period. The authorities are trying to impose stringent measures to break the chain of spread of COVID-19 in the State capital which has witnessed spike in positive cases in the last couple of days. The administration and cops are trying not to spare anyone who try to be complacent and violate the laid down rules and regulations during the containment period.
Police and health workers manning the roads are also keeping vigil on travelers entering Kohima.
The Government has said that lockdown would be the last option, but the daily spike in positive cases has worried the state Capital’s citizens. However, so far the second wave of COVID-19 has not entered a community spread in the State, even as the Government and frontline workers are having sleepless nights battling the dreaded virus.
In neighbouring Manipur state, organizations have already declared a weeklong total lockdown in districts such as Ukhrul and Senapati, in an effort to break the chain of infection.
Meanwhile, Nagaland is yet to receive another consignment of vaccine. A senior health official here said they are yet to receive the consignment to begin vaccination for 18 years and above, which was scheduled for May 1 but has been delayed due to non-availability of vaccine. The last consignment the received was only 1 lakh doses. The Government is now waiting for 36850 doses of vaccine, which they have purchased, according to a source.
(Page News Service)