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COVID-19 HPC on ready mode for 3rd wave; Rules out immediate lockdown in State

Nagaland News

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 7: In view of the rapid surge in COVID-19 cases in the country and the Northeast and the emergence of new variant, Omicron, the Nagaland Government has decided to take strict measures to contain the spread of the virus, though it ruled out lockdown in the State at present.
In this regard, the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 held a threadbare meeting Friday and discussed various measures to be implemented to prevent the spread of the deadly virus.
Talking to Nagaland Page after the HPC meeting, Principal Secretary, Home Abhijit Sinha said that the meeting discussed about the surging cases of COVID-19 in the country as well as in some parts of the Northeast where cases have increased, with the Health Department.
“After analysing the emerging scenario and also the need for taking urgent measures so that the spread is arrested, it has been decided that stricter restrictions will be imposed on certain activities, he said adding, “All types of gatherings will see some restrictions, which will be announced very soon.”
He also said that night curfew is also being planned, the exact timings of which would be issued in the official order. He added that emphasis is also being given on all District Task Forces (DTFs) so that COVD-19 appropriate behaviour is being adhered to by everyone.
He said everyone coming out in the towns and markets should wear masks and if anyone is found violating, appropriate action will be taken. He said the necessary arrangements to be taken up by the Health Department.
He said that Control Rooms which were established during the 2nd wave will be started again.
Too early to impose lockdown: Pangnyu
Minister of Health & Family Welfare, S Pangyu Phom today ruled out any lockdown in the State stating that it was too early. He said more restrictions such as night curfew, social gathering, COVID appropriate behaviour have been discussed in today’s meeting
On being asked when the Government will impose night curfew, Pangyu said that the SOPs will be issued by the Home Department soon.
Replying to a query on vaccination for children between 15 to 18 years, Pangyu said that Covaxin is the only vaccine authorized by ICMR for this age group at present.
Today’s meeting also discussed about 100% vaccination, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton said, adding this has to be done within a stipulated time.
Replying to queries regarding the status of vaccination in Nagaland and how to encourage people to take vaccines, Patton disclosed that they would be holding meeting with the district administrations, respective Deputy Commissioners and SPs and with their cooperation as well as the elected MLAs, they would be going to villages to create awareness about vaccination.
(Page News Service)