KOHIMA, JUNE 16: Nagaland Government today further extended the ongoing State-wide total lockdown till June 30.
This is the fourth extension of lockdown.
“The High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in a meeting today decided to extend the lockdown till June 30”, Government spokesperson and Minister for Planning & Coordination, Neiba Kronu told a section of media here in the State Secretariat.
The daily positivity rate has come down to 7.5% while there is decrease in the death rate, but we cannot be complacent and this lockdown measures will have to continue in order to bring down the positivity rate to below 5%, he said.
Kronu maintained that though the urban areas is seeing decrease in number of positive cases, but there is an increase of fresh cases in rural areas. It is a big concern, he said.
The present relaxation will continue but since the problem differs from district to district, the respective District Task Force (DTF) will take own decisions on further relaxation or adding more restrictions depending on the local situations, said Kronu.
Nonetheless, the Minister acknowledged that unlike last year, people have now become very serious and are following the lockdown norms while also following the laid down SOPs in the fight against COVID-19.
Maintaining that the HPC will be having series of deliberations on the overall COVID-19 situation in the State before the end of the extended lockdown period with relaxations, Kronu said, “The Government is concerned about the welfare of the daily wage earners, for which the Nagaland State Disaster Management Authority (NSDMA) has started distributing free dry rations throughout the State.”
He further said the Government desires to ramp up COVID-19 vaccination process. He highlighted that 60% percent of healthcare workers, 75% of frontline workers have been vaccinated, which is considerable.
But the progress of vaccination among the 45 years and above is 29% while for 18-44 age group is merely 13%, he said adding efforts are being made to improve vaccination of these 2 groups.
Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, Government co-spokesperson and advisor for Information Technology, Mmhonlumo Kikon said “situation is improving but we are still not out of the woods… Positivity rate is declining but still requires it to be below 5% and we need to vaccinate more than 50% of the population.”
“We acknowledge the inconvenience faced by the people but given the circumstances we have to continue with the lockdown for now”, said Kikon.
Nagaland’s tally of COVID-19 during the start of the total lockdown on May 14 was 17,531 while it soared up by 6,323 cases pushing the tally to 23,854 as on Tuesday.
However, the State has been recording more recovery of COVID-19 patients than detection of positive cases improving the recovery rate to 82.81% from as low as 71.98% on May 17.
The caseload in the State includes 19,753 cured persons while the active cases have come down to 2,972.
The death toll till Tuesday was 459 with 14 in other conditions while 670 patients have migrated to other States.
(Page News Service)