Nagaland’s immediate action plans against COVID-19

Nagaland’s immediate action plans against COVID-19
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KOHIMA | JULY 24, 2020:

The COVID-19 Kohima District Task Force on Friday, July 24, decided to impose a total lockdown within Kohima Municipality from July 25 to July 31. The Dimapur District Task Force followed suit by imposing a total lockdown in Dimapur from July 26 to August 2.

The latest development in Kohima and Dimapur comes following the High Power Committee (HPC) meeting at the Chief Minister's official residence on July 22.

The HPC empowered each District Task Force (DTF) to decide on a certain period of lockdown after considering all relevant facts.

The lockdown will also implement all advisories issued by the Home Department on July 23.

Keeping in line with the advisories from the HPC and Home Department, each DTF has imposed lockdown according to the need of the district.

The lockdown aims to enhance active surveillance and to assist in more comprehensive contact tracing, including early detection of suspected cases and isolation measures to break the chain of transmission and prevent further spread of the virus.

A set of rules and regulations are to be followed during the lockdown. These are:

  • All public movement is prohibited, except with medical emergencies.
  • All categories of shops are to remain closed during total lockdown except for Pharmacies outside the sealed area.
  • All religious places are to remain closed. Religious services and congregations are strictly prohibited.
  • Movement of all commercial and private vehicles are prohibited, except for unavoidable Medical Emergencies.
  • Gathering of people at public places within residential areas such as wards, colonies and villages is prohibited.
  • Marriages will not be allowed during the total lockdown period.
  • Funerals, last rites and other related gatherings must ensure social distancing. The maximum number of people allowed shall not exceed over 20 people.
  • Inter-state, inter-district and inter-village movement are restricted except with a medical emergency. Essential goods and services with proper safety measures will be allowed.

Failure to comply with this order shall invite strict penal actions according to 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.

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