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Kohima, June 1: With the number of positive cases increasing in Nagaland during the last week of the fourth phase of nationwide lockdown, Nagaland government has decided to continue lockdown till further orders.
“It is hereby ordered that all the existing guidelines with regard to the lockdown in all parts of the State issued on May 4 last will continue to remain operative till further orders,” said Chief Secretary Temjen Toy in an order here Monday, a day after the fourth phase of the lockdown ended.
The May 4 order was the state government notification extending the lockdown which had started on March 25 last for two more weeks with revised guidelines effective till May 17.
Meanwhile, interacting with mediapersons while coming out of the Cabinet meeting held at Secretariat Conference hall here, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said “we have taken some good decisions”.
He said that the cabinet has decided to start the process of moving out the returnees from other parts of the State and have tested negative and also those who have come from the Green Zones in North East region to their respective districts. They will start moving from tomorrow with negative returnees from Chennai group as the first to leave, he said.
Currently, of the over 4600 stranded citizens who have returned to the State, maximum of the returnees are at different government quarantine centers in Dimapur and Kohima district.
More returnees are expected to arrive in the days to come. A special train will leave Bengaluru in Karnataka with around 1600 residents of the State on Tuesday and is expected to arrive Nagaland on June 5.
On the issue of a person quarantined in Kohima being sent to home district in Tuensang while his swab testing result was awaited, Rio reiterated that a judicial inquiry has been set up and 15 days given to them to submit the report.
He also said following the Tuensang fiasco, a new Empowered Committee for COVID-19 related activities has been constituted in Monday’s cabinet meeting with himself as the Chairperson and Deputy CM Y Patton as Deputy Chair.
(Page News Service)