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Nagaland mulls more stringent measures to contain virus spread

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State War Room to review situation on Tuesday

Kohima, May 10: With no respite in spike of COVID-19 positive cases in the State despite the ongoing 7-days containment in the municipal areas of Kohima and Dimapur, the Government of Nagaland is likely to adopt more stringent measures to pin down the chain of transmission.

In the State capital under the shadow of containment, there has been unofficial lockdown since May 6, but there is no let-up in the surge of COVID-19 positive cases, and this has prompted the State Government to adopt stringent measures soon.
According to a senior Government official, officials manning the War Room and top Government officials will meet on Tuesday to take stock of the situation and decide the measures to be adopted.
Government officials have so far not indicated the possibility of imposing lockdown in the State, but some civil society organizations have come out in favour of lockdown to break the chain of infection, mainly in Kohima and Dimapur, where situation is alarming, notwithstanding relentless effort by frontline workers since May 5.
Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) which was not in favour of lockdown earlier has now said the only option left in the wake of alarming rise in positive cases at Kohima and Dimapur is to go for total lockdown in the two districts.
Meanwhile, random testing of shop keepers, vendors and pedestrians continued in Kohima by health workers, which has also deterred people to venture out of their homes. Shops and business houses have remained closed; while vehicular traffic and movement of people in the city is also very thin.

Attendance in offices was reported to be “very less” since the imposition of containment from May 6.
Random testing has also started in other districts.
(Page News Service)