Dimapur, April 23: Amid rising COVID-19 cases in Dimapur, night curfew began at 8 p.m. Friday night in a bid to contain the spread of coronavirus in the district.
Dimapur is seeing a spike in COVID-19 cases for the last 4 days. On Tuesday, out of 82 cases in the State, 70 were from Dimapur, while on Wednesday out of 97 cases, 49 were from Dimapur. Similarly out of 53 cases on Thursday, 41 were from Dimapur and on Friday, Dimapur reported 85 cases out of the State’s total of 89 cases.
The Dimapur District Task Force (DTF) is enforcing the night curfew from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. from Friday during which it has given permission for only essential services, patients and passengers to ply.
DC Dimapur said during the period of night curfew assembly of four or more persons will be prohibited.
However, there shall be no restriction for movement of all types of goods through trucks, goods vehicles or any other carriers, including emply vehicles and movement of persons to facilitate the same.
At the same time movement of long distance night services, public transport, private vehicles and taxis from railway stations and bus terminals/ stops/ stands are allowed (on production of valid travel documents) for facilitating movement of passengers by air, rail and road, he said.
On Friday in Clock Tower area, food carts and street food vendors who normally crowd the place in the evening did not take their usual spot as the city’s busiest intersection during night hours wore a deserted look.
Dimapur police officials said police personnel enforcing the night curfew have been asked to be polite and maintain composure while dealing with people, including motorists, during the curfew in order to avoid any unwanted incidents like in the past.
Police said that on Friday night after the imposition of curfew, everything was normal and no untoward incident was reported from anywhere in Dimapur.
Meanwhile, even before the night curfew came into force on Friday, vehicle movement in many parts of Dimapur thinned out and shops and other establishments downed shutters by 7 pm as ordered by the district authorities. (Page News Service)