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Kohima, June 29: The Nagaland government on Monday extended the lockdown in the state till July 15 to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic, a government spokesperson said.
The decision to extend the lockdown was taken during the state Cabinet meeting chaired by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, Planning and Coordination and Parliamentary Affairs minister Neiba Kronu, who is also the government spokesperson on COVID-19, said.
Minister Kronu said the State cabinet after thorough deliberation and recommendations of the respective district task force on COVID-19, decided to main status quo on the current lockdown measures.
Under the current measures the State government through different notifications had relaxed agricultural activities, movement of essential commodities, opening of religious places, places of worship for public and plying of local taxis and also rickshaws.
Briefing media persons, Kronu also said that the inter-state borders connecting the neighbouring states will continue to remain sealed with strengthening of police personnel on duty in the inter-state check gates in order to totally restrict the movement of people and vehicles, except those notified earlier.
Liberty on respective district to make slight changes on lockdown guideline
Meanwhile, Minister for PWD (Housing & Mechanical), Tongpang Ozukum on being contacted said that considering the different problems faced by different districts, the State Cabinet has given liberty to the respective districts to make slight changes in the Standard Operating Procedure and Lockdown guidelines as per the need of the districts.
Citing that districts like Mon and Peren have recommended going for total shutdown within their own jurisdiction as containment measure, he said that the Cabinet has agreed to the suggestions put forth by the respective districts on the lockdown measures.
Tongpang, also being the Minister in-charge of Kohima district for COVID-19 activities, said that being the State capital it is difficult to totally lockdown Kohima. For a total lockdown in Kohima, the decision has to come from the top level, he said.
Nonetheless, he said that the Kohima DTF on COVID-19 will continue to implement the lockdown with the given relaxations and regulation of also the containment zone, especially PWD colony.
An order issued by Chief Secretary stated that the existing guidelines with regard to the lockdown in all parts of the State issued on May 4, 2020, subject to relaxations issued on June 10, regarding opening of religious places/places of worship for public, and order of even number dated June 20 regarding plying of local taxis and auto rickshaws in the border sub divisions; shall continue to remain operative in Nagaland till July 15 next. (Page News Service)