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Kohima, July 30: The Government of Nagaland has decided to extend the ongoing lockdown measures in the State till August 31 and also notified single Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) to contain the spread of the virus.
The decision to this effect was taken during the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 meeting held here on Thursday, Minister for Planning and Coordination, Neiba Kronu, who is also Government Spokesperson on COVID-19 said.
On June 11, the HPC headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio with Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton as co-convener had extended the lockdown, which had started on March 22 till July 31 while the Chief Secretary had issued an order in this regard on July 14.
The HPC thoroughly deliberated on existing lockdown measures and decided to further extend the lockdown by another month considering the increasing trend of COVID-19 positive cases in the State, he said.
The SOP and guidelines on lockdown measures are being issued, however, functioning of schools and colleges will be strictly restricted during the period, said Kronu.
The Government spokesperson also said that the HPC meeting reiterated the empowerment of the respective District Task Force to take decision on imposition or extension of total lockdown as per the situational requirement of the district.
Presently, three districts – Kohima, Dimapur and Mon, which have the highest number of active COVID-19 cases, are under total lockdown.
Dimapur is the worst infected with 434, State capital Kohima has 316 and interior Mon district has 138 active cases.
Kohima imposed a 7-day total lockdown since July 25 and will end on Friday.
Dimapur promulgated the orders from July 26 and Mon extended from July 27, while their measures would end on August 2. (Page News Service)