Kohima, August 1: The first day of the second phase of total lockdown of State capital witnessed almost a deserted city on Saturday.
But the first day saw panic buying of essential commodities by citizens, as few shops are allowed to open in all the wards and colonies. Long queues were seen in several colonies, some even violating social distancing and Standard Operational Procedures (SOP). Some shops ran out of stock due to panic buying.
Apart from police, colony/ward authorities and youth are assisting the District Task Force in enforcing the second phase of seven days total lockdown from today.
Entry and exit points into wards and colony are being manned by the volunteers and movement of people are strictly monitored.
Residents of Kohima city are in panic mood as positive case of novel coronavirus surges. The district authorities want to impose watertight lockdown this time to break the chain of spread of COVID-19 and have urged citizens to rigorously follow the laid down guidelines and procedures issued by the Government.
Health workers are on their toes for contact tracing to break the chain of transmission.
Though today is Eid-ul Zuha people were confined to home, celebrating with their loved ones.
But on the other hand, the condition of daily bread earners and petty businessmen is deteriorating as days passes by. Sources said if the authorities do not come to the rescue of these people, hunger will strike soon. (Page News Service)