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Nagaland lockdown extended till July 31

Nagaland lockdown extended till July 31
Meeting of the High Powered Committee members with senior officials in Kohima on Friday. (Twitter)
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 10 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/10/2020 12:46:59 PM IST

The High Powered Committee (HPC) for COVID-19 under the chairmanship of chief minister Neiphiu Rio Friday took exception to the rise of COVID-19 positive cases in the State and decided to continue the lockdown till July 31, 2020.

Informing this to newsmen after the HPC meeting here on Friday, committee’s spokesperson and Information Technology, Science & Technology and Renewable Energy Resources adviser Mmhonlumo Kikon said the lockdown would be extended with the existing relaxation norms in place.

The HPC reviewed the existing lockdown measures in the State and also the modified plan submitted by the Health department, for declaring containment zones and the protocols to be followed.

No total lockdown for Kohima: Following a proposal from Kohima deputy commissioner for total lockdown in the State Capital, Kikon said the HPC meeting deliberated on the matter and after examining all the relevant presentations made on the occasion by the Kohima district administration and Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) department, ruled that total lockdown was not warranted now.

Instead, he said he committee decided to enhance contact tracing and surveillance, while strictly enforcing containment zone measures in areas where COVID-19 positive cases are detected.

The spokesperson said with the new containment plan, strict protocol would be put in place and assured of extra effort for rigorous contact tracing, even as active surveillance would be carried out and take all necessary activities for containing the virus.

Rs 24.15 cr spent on QCs: Kikon also announced that the State government had spent around Rs 24.15 crore in setting up and managing the quarantine centres (QCs) across Nagaland.

Stating that almost all citizens of Nagaland stranded in various parts of the country and had registered had returned, he said QCs were getting less crowded now as many of the returnees after testing negative were released for home quarantine.

QCs, testing on payment: He said that the government has decided to shut down some of the QCs and convert them into paid centres while also making COVID-19 testing payable. For this the government will work out a cut-off date to implement, he added.

New SOP for entire state: The state government has also decided to issue a new uniform Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for all districts, Kikon said, adding that the new SOP would be released in a day or two. The spokesperson explained that the decision was taken after comparing the protocols and SOPs with other North Eastern States. 

Also, as Nagaland had spent a huge amount of money in managing the QCs, he said it was felt to follow protocols like other North Eastern States. 

On self-declaration by govt employees: Against the backdrop of the state government issuing order to the administrative heads and heads of departments to obtain information on self-declaration forms from government employees having family members and relatives in underground groups (UGs), principal secretary (home) Abhijit Singa said the exercise was meant for “records”.

Asked the reason for issuing the order, he refused to comment asserting that the government could ask any information from its employees, adding it was advisable to collect such information from the government servants.

He said further decision on the matter would be taken once the information was collected by August 7, reiterating that the exercise was meant for the records.

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