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Total lockdown in Kohima from July 25-31

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Kohima, July 25: Amidst the daily detection of COVID-19 positive cases from among the general populace and also growing demand from various civil society organisations, the Kohima District Task Force today announced imposition of 7 day total lockdown from July 25 to 31, 2020.
The decision to this effect was taken in today’s emergency meeting of Kohima DTF following the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 yesterday empowering it to take its own decision by holding proper consultations concerning the needs of the district.
Minister for PWD (Housing and Mechanical) and Legislator in-charge of Kohima DTF for COVID-19, Tongpang Ozukum said that due to the rising number of COVID-19 positive cases being detected outside the Quarantine Centers (QC) almost every day and also considering the concerns being shared from different corners, Kohima District decided to impose total lockdown.
“Imposing total lockdown does not fully guarantee that we will be free or we are free from Corona Virus but at least, during the lockdown since movement of people is restricted to a large extend, we can easily detect suspected cases and adopt isolation measures, enhance active surveillance while comprehensively do the contact tracing and most importantly break the chain of infection and slow down the spread of virus,” he said.
Reiterating that the total lockdown is not the solution to stay away from coronavirus infection, the Minister therefore said every individual should strictly adhere to the SoPs and guidelines like wearing of face mask, using hand sanitizers, washing hands time to time, and maintaining strict social distance in public places or even other advisories which the medical experts suggest should be judiciously followed by everyone.
As Minister in-charge of Kohima Task Force, Ozukum maintained that there will be inconveniences but people should understand this total lockdown as an emergency protocol enforced for the benefit of all, personally appealed to all to “make the this lockdown meaningful and fruitful”.
Meanwhile, in view of the total lockdown in Kohima, Deputy Commissioner Gregory Thejawelie issued the following order for Public to be observed strictly during the total lockdown period.
Departments like the District Administration, Police, Para-Military/Army, Medical, Chief Minister’s Office, Raj Bhavan Staffs, Treasury, Prisons, Kohima Municipal Council, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, NSDMA, Fire & Emergency Services, HG &CD, Food & Civil Supply, Social Welfare, IT&C, AIR, Doordarshan, Medias, Medical Hospitals, Clinics & Nursing Homes, BSNL & Private Telecom services, Internet service providers, Banks with minimal Staffs & ATMs, petroleum outlets & LPGs, Quarantine Centres, Bethel Kitchen, persons/patients with Medical Emergencies and those person/individual involved in authorized Covid-19 related duties are exempted from the purview of the Total Lockdown measures.
Further, in view of the Sixth Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly to be held on 30th July 2020, all Members of the NLA, all AHODs/HODs, Assembly Officials and others involved/detailed for the session are also exempted.
During the lockdown period, all public movement would be prohibited, except on rare Medical Emergencies.
All categories of Shops would strictly remain closed during the total lockdown period, except for Pharmacies outside the sealed area.
All religious places should remain closed. Religious services and congregation has been strictly prohibited.
Movement of all commercial and private vehicles have been prohibited, except for unavoidable Medical Emergencies.
Gathering of people at public places within the residential areas in Ward/Colonies/villages have been prohibited.
Marriages are not allowed during this total lockdown period.
Funeral/last rites related gatherings would ensure social distancing and the maximum number of people allowed shall not exceed more than 20 people.
Inter State, Inter-district and Inter Village Movement has been restricted. However, movement of Medical Emergency cases and Essential goods and services with proper safety measures in place would be allowed.
The DC cautioned that failure to comply with this order shall invite strict penal actions as per the provision of Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, besides legal action under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code, 1860 and other provisions wherever applicable. (Page News Service)