KOHIMA, JULY 31: Nagaland Government on Saturday announced an 18-day phase 4 of unlock, from August 1 to 18.
Nagaland began the unlock process amid the Coronavirus pandemic from July 1 to 7, followed by the second phase from July 8 to 17, and Unlock-3 from July 18.
Nagaland’s positivity rate during the ongoing Unlock-3 has slightly come down to 10.57% from 10.83% on the last day of Unlock-2 on July 17.
As of Friday, confirmed cases in the State stood at 27,713, out of which 25,098 have recovered, 1,274 are active patients while 561 have died and 780 migrated to other States.
Active patients comprise 4.6% of the caseload in the State.
The decision for Unlock-4 with further relaxations was arrived at during a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio, held at the Chief Minister’s residential complex here, informed HPC spokesperson and Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs Neiba Kronu.
The HPC decided to extend the time for opening of shops for 12 hours, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., he said. It was earlier permitted only up to 4 p.m.
Kronu also said that in Unlock-4, bus transport services, both private and Government, would be allowed to operate with 50% capacity.
Govt. to make submission on vax order
On the July 28 judgment issued by the Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court (GHC), staying the Nagaland Government’s order for compulsory COVID-19 vaccination of Government employees for attending offices, Kronu said the Government will make its own submissions to the Court in the next hearing.
He also said that the Government has accepted the Court’s order to modify the Home Department’s order for compulsory vaccination of teaching and non-teaching staff before opening of the schools, colleges and technical institutions. A separate SOP would be issued in this regard, he said.
The other restrictions notified during the first 3 phases of unlock, including gathering up to 50 persons for indoor sports, places of worship, weddings, etc., and up to 100 persons in open spaces will continue to remain in force, said Kronu.
Amid other relaxations, the HPC have decided to reduce the curfew period ~ from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m., said HPC co-spokesperson and Advisor to Information Technology, Science and Technology, New & Renewable Energy, Mmhonlumo Kikon.
On the High Court’s orders, Kikon said there is another hearing again where the Government will make its submission on the vaccination processes.
The Court has fixed the next hearing along with suo moto PIL on August 18, while also directing that fees should not be charged for testing from Government employees and their salaries should not be stopped for reasons of not having been vaccinated in the interim.
Kikon also said that further orders and SOPs on Unlock-4 would be issued to the respective District Task Forces (DTFs) on COVID-19.
(Page News Service)