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Refusal by known contacts to undergo COVID test is illegal: DC Kohima

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DIMAPUR, JUNE 2: Deputy Commissioner of Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie has directed all District Administrative Officers, under Kohima district, to disseminate the information that any resistance/refusal to test by known contacts of COVID-19 cases may henceforth be deemed to have violated the ‘Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020’ and be booked under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code.


The DC stated that testing for COVID-19 has been on a substantial decrease in the past few weeks in Kohima district owing to resistance from people, which he said could be due to fear of stigmatization or general resistance to get diagnosed.
He however stated that early testing/detection and isolation is one of the best tools to break the chain of infection, and early testing and detection will be highly beneficial in reducing the mortality due to COVID-19.
“Moreover, the total lockdown which the State Government has imposed will bear full dividends only if we supplement it with increased testing”, he informed.
(Page News Service)

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