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Demand for imposition of total lockdown in Kohima grows

A section of shops in Keziekie North Block remains closed following detection of a resident of the colony and KMC employee as COVID-19 positive on July 8, 2020.

Another non-frontline worker tests COVID positive

Kohima, July 8: The demand for imposition of total lockdown in the State capital is growing as panic grip citizens here over community spread of COVID-19 after another non-frontline worker was detected COVID-19 positive on Wednesday.
An employee of Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) and a resident of Keziekie colony was today tested positive for COVID-19. As news of the positive test results of the KMC employee had hardly trickled in, and even before the district administrative and health officials could react, panic colony leaders had already imposed lightning closure of all shops and commercial activities in Keziekie colony while also restricting movement of people as containment measures.
Colony youth volunteers were seen moving around requesting shopkeepers to close down while also restricting free movement of people unless for emergency purposes.
Wednesday’s COVID positive case of the non-frontline worker comes against the backdrop of another non-frontline worker, a canteen employee of the State Commissioner’s office, testing positive on Tuesday. She was a resident of Daklane colony here.
The detection of COVID-19 positive cases from two non-frontline workers within a span of 48-hours has given rise to fear among citizens here that the State capital is now on the threshold of entering the 3rd stage of COVID-19 transmission – community transmission.
But State administrative and health authorities continue to maintain that it is too early to press the panic button as there has been no report of community transmission. Authorities admit that there is a surge in local transmission, but insist that they are on contact tracing job to contain the possibility of community transmission.
However, citizens here are of the view that it is better to err on the side of caution, particularly in a pandemic situation like now.
This was also echoed by the Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) in its appeal to the Government of Nagaland to declare total lockdown within Kohima municipalities for at least 14 days to contain the spread of corona virus, which, it said, is almost entering community transmission.
“Having taking trouble to safeguard our society and individuals for more than four months of lock down, AKMWP feels another fourteen days of more stringent total lockdown for our safety will do good more than harm,” said an appeal issued by AKMWP president, Neibulie Kiewhuo and general secretary, Thejao Sekhose.
The association urged the Government to declare and enforce total lockdown in Kohima for 14 days positively. (Page News Service)