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13 tests negative, 4 results awaited
Kohima, March 27: As the nationwide lockdown continued for the third day in the fight against the corona virus, a total of 2719 persons including students have self-reported and are under quarantine in Nagaland.
Highlighting the status of Nagaland on COVID-19, Government spokesperson and Minister for Planning & Coordination, Neiba Kronu Friday said that as of 5 pm today, all those who have returned home from other parts of the country, including students, self-reported to the respective District Surveillance Teams and have been put under home quarantine.
Four persons are under facility quarantine while out of the 17 samples that were sent for testing, results for 13 were negative and the remaining four results are awaited, he said.
Kronu said Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Pangnyu Phom held video conferencing with the Chief Medical Officers and Medical Superintendents of all the districts and reviewed the preparedness against COVID-19 pandemic in the State.
He assured the commitment of the Department to address the problems and assist any need based on priority to fight the pandemic.
Deputy Commissioner and SP of Kohima visited the quarantine facility at Meriema village to monitor the ongoing progress and preparedness while Principal Secretary (Home) also inspected the COVID-19 Hospital at Chedema, he said.
Kronu said that all efforts are being made to expedite delivery of essential medical equipments and accessories including airlifting of consignments with the help of Government of India.
Conveying that the situation regarding availability of the essential goods and commodities across the State continues to remain normal, he said if any shortage of any commodity was anticipated, the respective District administration are taking advance actions so that availability continues to be comfortable.
Also thanking the citizens of the State for following the various measures imposed for enforcing lockdown in the State on the third-day of the 21-day nationwide lockdown, Kronu said the lockdown measures may be creating difficulties and hardships but it is vital for ensuring that the virus does not spread in the State.
He further appealed for continued co-operation from all village councils, colonies and wards in the towns, Faith based organization, the businesscCommunity and everyone else for ensuring adherence to the lockdown measures.
Informing that the State Government has been receiving requests from Nagas presently outside the State for help and intervention for the hardships being faced by them because of the country wide lockdown, Kronu said prompt actions in coordination with the administration and police authorities of those States were being taken to sort out such problems.
He stated that the 24×7 State Level Control Room during COVID-19 lockdown has been functional since March 25 last for any grievance being faced with regard to availability of essential commodities, goods and services, transport well as any other issue arising due to the lockdown.
On health related matters concerning COVID-19, the Health & Family Welfare Department has a control room, said the Minister.
Meanwhile, the over situation in the state continues to remain peaceful with people remaining indoors and vehicles staying off the road in this lockdown.
Police personnel and district administration are manning strategic locations restricting movement of people.
Shutters of all business establishments are down, except those dealing with groceries and medicines while people have been asked to maintain a distance of one metre while purchasing goods in groceries.
Notably, extending support to the government initiatives, villages and colonies are imposing barriers to prevent vehicles and people from moving in or out especially those not exempted from the purview of the lockdown. (Page News Service)