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Impose total lockdown in Kohima: KVC, AKMWP

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Dimapur/Kohima, July 21: Expressing alarm over the rising sporadic COVID-19 cases in various colonies of Kohima, the Kohima Village Council (KVC) has urged the Government of Nagaland to impose ‘total lockdown’ in the State capital for two weeks to prevent the virus from spreading and break the chain of infection.
In a representation to the Chief Minister on July 13, a copy of which was emailed to the media on Tuesday, KVC chairman Dr Neiphi Kire and secretary Zeneizo Rutsa expressed deep concern that a small State with barely 20 lakh population is witnessing a rapid rise in COVID 19 cases with more than 774 Covid-19 reported positive cases within a brief span of time. Since then (July 13), the COVID-19 cases has now crossed the 1000 mark.
“The gravity of our situation is even grimmer in light of the sporadic cases which have emerged in various colonies of Kohima. You are well aware that four positive cases has already been reported at Daklane, Kezieke, Jotsoma and now, AG colony. It is likely that more positive cases will be discovered if there is increased testing. This is indeed alarming,” said the KVC representation.
Stating that the State lack proper infrastructure and adequate facilities to manage the COVID-19 cases, the KVC said, “To further compound our misery, we, the public, do not follow simple but effective general preventive measures such as wearing masks, maintaining social distancing, sanitization etc. All these factors make the scenario ripe for impending disaster and community spread in Kohima.”
Urging the CM to impose total lockdown, the KVC also thanked the State Government for taking the right decision in responding favorably to its earlier representation and consequently evolving a pragmatic Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for the entire State. “We believe this has decongested the oversaturated quarantine centers at both Kohima and Dimapur to a great extent. This decision has also brought great relief to our overburdened frontline workers and also significantly mitigated the risk of infection and community spread to the residents of Kohima,” it added.
The KVC further expressed solidarity and appreciation to the frontline workers for risking their personal safety for the common welfare of the community, and reiterated its resolves to stand by the Government in combating the challenges of the pandemic in the difficult days ahead.
AKMWP threatens self-imposed total lockdown
Meanwhile the Association of Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) has threatened to enforce self-imposed total lockdown in all the 19 wards.
AKMWP officials in a letter addressed to the Deputy Commissioner Kohima, who is also the chairman of District Task Force on COVID-19, said despite the rejection of its earlier appeal for total lockdown within the Kohima municipality on July 10 last, the citizens are keenly observing the action and steps taken for containing the spread of novel Coronavirus.
“But sadly the detection of Coronavirus positive cases outside the quarantine centre is rising to an alarming stage of community spreading,” it said.
“The opinions of the wards are that, if the government is not concerned for the safety of its citizens, the wards will have no option but to self impose ward total lockdown,” informed AKMWP.
Expressing hope that the DC and DTF would understand the plight and concern of the capital town, AKMWP on behalf of the wards appealed to the district administration to consider the consequences and take appropriate measures within five days. (Page News Service)