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Govt refuses to impose total lockdown in Kohima

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Dimapur, July 9: Even as another COVID-19 positive case outside the quarantine centers was detected in Kohima on Friday, the Government of Nagaland remains adamant against imposition of total lockdown for now in Kohima municipal areas as proposed by the Kohima district administration as well as citizens of the State capital.

According to reports, out of the 20 COVID-19 positive cases detected in Kohima on Friday, one is from outside the quarantine centre and a resident of Jotsoma. He is reportedly a caterer engaged in serving those in QCs and closely connected with the Joint CEO of Kohima Smart City, who had tested positive on June 30.

The Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) has on July 8 appealed to the Government to enforce total lockdown in Kohima considering the number of positive cases being detected from non-frontline workers, while the Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie in a letter to the State Home Commissioner on July 9 had also proposed for total lockdown of Kohima municipal areas for a week.

The DC said the total lockdown for Kohima is being proposed with a view to enhance the ongoing active surveillance, for early detection of suspected cases, to break the chain of transmission and to further prevent the spread of diseases to new areas.

But Principal Home Secretary, Abhijit Sinha IAS in a letter to the DC Kohima said total lockdown as proposed is not warranted for now in Kohima municipal areas.

Sinha said the DC’s proposal was discussed in a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on Friday and considering the views of all concerned, including the Department of Health & Family Welfare, and all relevant facts, decided against the total lockdown for now.

It directed the DTF Kohima to strictly follow all the protocols of the containment plans for all areas where positive cases have come up, do rigorous contact tracing and listing, active surveillance and oth4er necessary activities for preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19. (Page News Service)