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Nagaland announces Unlock-3 from Jul 18 to Aug 1

Unlock 3 presser
Minister Neiba Kronu, Advisors Mmhonlumo Kikon & Medo Yhokha and Principal Secretary Abhijit Sinha during the media briefing in Secretariat on July 16, 2021.

KOHIMA, JULY 16: Nagaland Government has announced a 15-day third phase of unlocking starting July 18, said Government spokesperson Neiba Kronu here Friday.
Nagaland began the unlock process amid the Coronavirus pandemic with the first phase starting from July 1 to 7, followed by the current second phase from July 8 to 17.

As on Thursday, Nagaland positivity rate stood at 10.88% with the confirmed cases at 16,381 of which 24,084 have recovered, 1,050 are active patients while 516 have died and 731 migrated to other States.
The decision for Unlock-3, from July 18 till August 1, with further relaxations was arrived at during a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today, said Kronu, who is also Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs.
The HPC took the decisions after taking the views of the District Task Forces (DTFs) of all districts in the State, he said.
Higher Secondary & Colleges to resume from Jul 26
In this phase, Kronu said opening of schools for higher secondary level and colleges will be permitted from July 26 but with pre-condition of all teaching and non-teaching staff being inoculated with at least with the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine or providing negative result of COVID-19 test every 15 days.
Any school and college willing to open or conduct physical classes for higher secondary and college level should submit ‘Expression of Interest’ to the respective DTFs for approval with willingness to vaccinate all the staff or provide negative test results.
Asked whether it is mandatory for college students to be vaccinated, HPC co-spokesperson and Advisor for Information Technology, Science & Technology, New & Renewable Energy, Mmhonlumo Kikon said vaccination for above 18 years is free and therefore the Government could encourage the respective colleges to facilitate their vaccination.

However, he said, since no vaccine is available for under 18 children, proper SOPs, especially COVID-19-appropriate Behaviour, will have to be enforced for conduct of higher secondary classes.
Minister Kronu added that physical classes for students of 10 and below will continue to remain suspended while the Government would take a call to re-open the classes only after August 1.
Vaccinated tourist & returnees need no test
Kronu also said that the HPC has also decided to welcome tourists who have taken two doses of COVID-19 vaccine to Nagaland.
There is no change in mass gatherings, which stand up to 50 people in halls and up to 100 people in open spaces, said Kronu, adding that it remains the same for churches and places of worship.
Also informing that henceforth returnees and tourists entering the State if fully vaccinated against COVID-19 will not require to be tested at the point of entry or be quarantined, said Advisor Kikon.
Those who have taken at least a single dose and at least 15 days have passed after taking the dose will not require to be tested at the point of entry but will have to undergo a quarantine period for 7 days, he said.
For all other cases, Kikon said testing will be mandatory at the point of entry and further undergo 7 days’ quarantine.

Compulsory vaccination for Secretariat & Directorate employees
Concerned at the slow vaccination drive in the State, the HPC has in a move to ramp up the process and to curb the spread of the virus has decided to compulsory vaccinate all State Government employees starting with those working in the State Civil Secretariat and the Directorates, Kronu said.
Any employee not willing to get vaccinated will have to provide a negative result of COVID-19 test every 15 days to ensure the safety of co-workers, he said, adding that the Heads of Department will enforce this process.
There is no shortage of COVID-19 vaccine in the State, and therefore we want all Government servants to come forward and get inoculated which will help fight the pandemic, said Kikon.
On being highlighted that the laid down SOPs and guidelines for opening of shops, restrictions in movement of people and vehicles are not be implemented at the ground level in some districts, including the State capital, Kikon asserted that in this phase there would be stricter enforcement of the laid down norms and violators would be penalized accordingly.
He also informed that the HPC has asked the respective DTFs to enforce stricter emphasis on inter-district movement of people and plying of taxis. The HPC reiterated that taxi drivers and passengers should have taken at least one dose of COVID vaccine, he said.

Advisor for Technical Education and Elections, Medo Yhokha while responding on lapses of enforcing the SOPs in the State capital, said the responsibility of enforcing the SOPs is not upon the district administration or police but it should be a collective fight for all, including the Government and citizens.
In this, Yhokha, who is also a member of the Kohima District Task Force on COVID-19, appealed to the general public to own responsibility in following the laid down norms and also cooperate with the Government in the common fight against the pandemic.
Asked whether the 60 Legislators in the State are vaccinated, he asserted that all the ruling members have taken the vaccine. However, confirmation on inoculation of other members is not available.
(Page News Service)