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Proposal under consideration, says Govt
Kohima, July 9: Considering the growing fear of Nagaland’s capital moving into community transmission of COVID-19, the Kohima district administration today proposed a week lockdown, but a final decision is yet to be taken.
When contacted, Principal Secretary and Home Commissioner, Abhijit Sinha IAS said the proposal is under consideration and final decision is yet to be taken.
Detection of three frontline workers and two others as COVID-19 positive in a span of a fortnight has resulted in sealing residential areas, business activities and Government offices as containment measure in three localities – PWD, Daklane and Keziekie.
Officials in Health & Family Welfare Department said more than 500 primary contacts of the five positive persons have already been established. Sources said aggressive contact tracing has been expanding to identify all suspected persons.
While expressions were made through various social media platforms on the need to re-impose total lockdown in the State capital, the Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat had demanded for at least 14 days lockdown considering the increasing number of positive cases beyond the quarantine centres.
In this connection, Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie in a letter to the Home Commissioner, Nagaland today proposed for total lockdown of Kohima municipal areas for an initial period of one week.
The DC said 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.
Putting up the matter for consideration and further necessary directions, the DC opined that “due to the imposition of lockdown, the economic activities in the district may be hampered and may cause inconvenience to the general public in procuring essential commodities. However he said it will serve the larger interest of the district in containing the disease.
PWD colony out of containment zone
Meanwhile, the first containment zone within Kohima municipal jurisdiction – PWD Colony has been lifted today.
In an order issued today, DC Kohima said in view of the detection of COVID-19 positive person, Upper PWD Colony Kohima (Ward No. 11) was demarcated as containment zone on June 26 last.
He said various restrictions were imposed to contain the spread of disease/infection and the zone/area was kept under strict and active medical surveillance and movement within the zone was also restricted to the public.
He said that contact tracing of the COVID-19 positive person was carried out and all the primary and secondary contacts were identified and tested for COVID-19 and found to be COVID negative.
Therefore, as per the advise and guidelines of the medical department and since all contact tracing is completed and tested, the DC lifted the containment zone notified on June 26 and declared that all normal activities at Upper PWD colony is allowed to resume with immediate effect but as per SOPs of the Government which is still in force. (Page News Service)