Kohima, July 31: The Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on Friday extended the ongoing total lockdown by another 7 days from August 1 to 7.
On July 23, the Kohima Deputy Commissioner cum chairman of DTF, Gregory Thejawelie had notified imposition of total lockdown since July 25 as precautionary measures to break the chain of rapid increase of COVID-19 cases in the State capital.
Since first detection of COVID-19 patient from among the quarantined Chennai returnees on May 25 till the eve of total lockdown on July 24, Kohima had a total of 299 confirmed cases but during this seven days of total lockdown, the cases has increased to 474, a jump of 175 positive cases.
Among the current tally, 127 have recovered while 347 are active but asymptomatic.
The current lockdown comes to end midnight Friday, but the decision to extend the lockdown till August 7 was taken during the emergency meeting of Kohima DTF held here Friday.
The DTFs have been empowered by the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio to take their own decision to impose stricter measures considering the COVID situation in the respective district.
The extension of the complete lockdown measures by the DTF Kohima was necessitated after taking into consideration and deliberating on the recent surge in the rapid COVID-19 positive cases in the District outside the Quarantine Centre, stated an order issued by DC Kohima Thejawelie.
A notification issued by Kohima DTF on July 23 strictly prohibited movement of people, vehicles and also opening of all business establishments, including the essential commodity shops while only people in rare medical emergencies, including those involved in COVID-19 related works and pharmacies are allowed to function for the general public.
Inter-state and inter-district movement has also been prohibited during this period.
The DC today reiterated that the same provisions would be in force.
In order to facilitate and alleviate the general public from shortages of essential commodities, the respective wards, colonies and village panchayats have been entrusted to identify certain shops within their jurisdiction so as to make essential commodities available for the general public within the residential areas by adhering to the social distancing concept and avoiding unwanted physical contacts, maintained the latest total lockdown order.
It also stressed that the contact persons of the ward, colony or village panchayats and the online delivery of essential commodities will be identified and notified by Kohima Municipal Council separately.
Further, the Kohima DTF advised the public to follow all safety precautions of wearing masks all the time, frequently washing hands and maintaining social and physical distances to ensure public hygiene and personal safety.
Failure to comply with this order would invite strict penal actions as per the provision of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and other provisions wherever applicable, the DC notified.
7-day first phase total lockdown passes off peacefully: AKMWP
Meanwhile, the Association of Kohima Municipal Ward Panchayats president Neibulie Kiewhuo said that the 7-day long total lockdown passed off peacefully with no untoward incidents being reported from any of the wards in the State capital.
Maintaining that the success of the lockdown was due to the collective efforts of ward/colony Panchayat leaders, youth organizations and volunteers and the support of the Government, AKMWP acknowledged the tireless and unceasing efforts of each and every office bearer, who had spared no efforts in ensuring that the 7 days total lockdown is a success and serves its purpose.
AKMWP extended special appreciation and gratitude to KMC Administrator Kovi Meyase for his keen concern and understanding of issues affecting the citizens of Kohima. It also looked forward to continued cooperation in the service of the municipality. AKMWP also expressed gratitude to the frontline warriors and all involved in contact tracing.
“The contact tracing have identified and detected massive number of COVID-19 cases in all localities of Kohima municipality during the past 7 days,” AKMWP thanked the almighty that “these persons were not allowed to continue as the innocent carriers spreading the virus to others around them and letting COVID-19 pandemic have a stranglehold on our communities”.
Assuring to extend all possible help, whenever and wherever required, AKMWP further requested for the continued cooperation of the citizens in order to overcome the situation together. (Page News Service)