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Extension of total lockdown in Kohima imminent: Minister Tongpang

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Kohima, July 30: Nagaland Minister for PWD (Housing & Mechanical), Tongpang Ozukum today asserted that extension of the ongoing total lockdown in the State capital – Kohima is imminent with the increasing number of positive cases.
Since May 25 till the eve of total lockdown, Kohima had a total of 299 confirmed with 182 active and 117 recovered but during the six days of total lockdown, the confirmed cases has increased to 443, a jump of 144 positive cases. Among them, 127 have recovered while 316 are active but asymptomatic.
Tongpang, who is also the legislator in-charge of Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 said, the final decision will be taken in Friday’s meeting of the DTF but it has to be extended.
The positive cases are increasing and even outside the quarantine centres also the daily detection is on the rise, he said.
It was a timely decision of the Kohima DTF to impose the total lockdown from July 25, otherwise things could have gone out of control by now, he said.
“At this juncture we cannot let loose the current measures but we have to tighten up everything, so most likely we (DTF) will decide for extension,” said Tongpang.
Nonetheless, expressing concern on the availability of essential commodities, especially food items, in the different wards colonies, the Minister said there is regular supply of the commodities by the suppliers but the Kohima Municipal Council and Association of Kohima Municipal Ward Panchayats have been asked to ascertain the stocks in the colonies and wards.
He said that proper arrangements will be done so that at least essential commodity shops in the colonies and wards will be opened.
Affirming that the second phase of total lockdown is sure to happen, Minister Tongpang said that a gap for the public to pile up essential commodities before the next total lockdown, will depend on the recommendations of the wards and panchayats.
Day-6 Kohima total lockdown passes off peacefully

The penultimate day of the total lockdown imposed by Kohima District Task Force on COVID-19 to contain the spread of the virus passed off peacefully on Thursday with no untoward incidents being reported from any of the wards.
All business establishments, except pharmacies remained shut while people preferred staying indoors and vehicles were off road to avoid any contraction.
Meanwhile, Association of Kohima Municipal Ward Panchayats (AKMWP) has expressed gratitude to the Kohima DTF for granting a sum of Rs. one lakh only. The same has been disbursed to the 19 wards as a small assistance of Rs. 5300 each.
AKMWP has urged all citizens to remain calm and cooperate with respective ward or colony leaders who are enduring great hardships and making great sacrifices to ensure that each and everyone remains safe. (Page News Service)