Health minister suggests total lockdown

Health minister suggests total lockdown
Road leading to Marwaripatti area sealed on Monday. (Social media)
Staff Reporter/Correspondent DIMAPUR/KOHIMA, APR 13 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/13/2020 1:27:16 PM IST


Nagaland Health and Family Welfare minister S Pangnyu Phom on Monday confirmed the report about one person from Dimapur that had tested positive of the novel coronavirus at Guwahati Medical College and Hospital.

In this regard, Pangnyu, in a letter to chief minister Neiphiu Rio suggested imposing total lockdown of the state, particularly Dimapur (as Red Zone), to contain the spread of COVID-19. Pangnyu requested Rio to examine the case and issue necessary directives for implementation of the total lockdown in the interest of public health and safety.

However, no decision was taken by the government till Monday late night.

Meanwhile, Pangnyu appealed to the citizens to strictly maintain social distancing and to stay home and also follow the do’s and don’ts issued by the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare and Health & Family Nagaland. He also urged people not to spread rumours, but to rely only on official information and extend cooperation to the government and the department. 

On Monday, Dimapur district authorities sealed/quarantined several pockets of Dimapur like Marwaripatti, Ghorapatti, main town areas, Dhobinala to Signal Basti area etc. The residential complex of the patient and the private hospital, where the patient was initially treated, were also sealed on Monday. 

With rumours going about on social media that Army/Assam Rifles had been roped in to enforce lockdown, Assam Rifles sources clarified that the AR personnel had only assisted the district police force to setup tents along the road where the area had been sealed.

Hospital, 3 localities of Dimapur sealed: Following the detection of the first confirmed case of COVID-19 in Nagaland late on Sunday, Dimapur district administration has sealed Marwari Patti, of which the patient is a resident, along with Murgi Patti and GS Road here on Monday, principal secretary & Home commissioner Abhijit Sinha stated.

Sinha said that Zion Hospital, where the patient had received treatment before being sent to Guwahati, too has been sealed. The wholesale market at GS Road and retail shops at Marwari Patti and Ghora Patti too would remain closed until further orders.

Doctors, nurses and all other staff of the hospital and their family members who came into direct and indirect contact with the patient have also been quarantined. Sinha, during the daily briefing, stated that the patient from Dimapur was referred to Guwahati late on April 11. He subsequently tested positive on Sunday evening at Gauhati Medical College Hospital, where he has since been undergoing treatment.

As per the information released by the government, the patient had returned to Dimapur by Air India flight 709 from Kolkata on March 24. 

The government claimed that contact tracing had been completed of all passengers who were on the same flight from Kolkata that day, adding that all members of the patient’s joint family had already been shifted to the government quarantine centres.

Parents and family members of the patient who are presently in Guwahati are undergoing necessary tests.

On Monday night, Health minister tweeted that the patient was recovering and the father’s first sample had tested negative.

Meanwhile, collection of samples from people in connection with the positive case is going on and, according to the government, a total of 22 samples from Kohima and 14 samples from Dimapur have been collected till 5 pm on Monday.

The government solicited support and cooperation of everyone for combating the threat of COVID-19 united.

 74 samples test negative: H&FW

Health & Family Welfare department informed that there was no positive cases from amongst the sample sent from the state till April 13. According to, 111 samples were sent for testing including 37 samples on April 13. It said results of 74 were received, but all tested negative.


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