Total lockdown in Kohima extended till August 7

District Task Force, Kohima in an emergency meeting held today decided to extend the ongoing total lockdown in Kohima Municipality area for seven (7) more day starting from August 01 uptill August 07, 2020

Kohima, July 31 (NEx): In the backdrop of serious spike in COVID-19 positive cases in Kohima, the District Task Force, Kohima in an emergency meeting held today decided to extend the ongoing total lockdown in Kohima Municipal area for seven (7) more days starting from August 01 uptill August 07, 2020.

Deputy Commissioner cum Chairman, District Task Force, Kohima, Gregory Thejawelie, NCS stated that the extension of the total lockdown is necessitated after taking into consideration and deliberating on the recent surge of COVID-19 positive cases in the district outside the designated Quarantine centre.

Inorder to facilitate and alleviate the general public from shortage of essential commodities, the respective ward/Colony/Village Panchayats are entrusted to identify certain shops within their jurisdiction and accommodate the request of the citizens and to systematically adhere to the social distance concept by avoiding unwanted physical contacts, said the order.

The contact persons of the ward/Colony/Village Panchayats and the online delivery of the essential commodities will be identified and notified by Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) separately, it added.

Earlier, the lockdown was imposed for 7 days from July 25 till July 31, 2020. Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom updated of 31 new COVID-19 positive cases detected in Kohima, today. With this, the total confirmed COVID-19 positive cases in Kohima district rises to 474. In which, 127 patients have recovered from COVID-19, the active case in the district now stands at 347.

Exception from total lockdown;

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.

Following are to be strictly observed/implemented;

*All public movement is prohibited, except on rare Medical Emergencies.

*All categories of Shops are to 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 is strictly prohibited.

*Movement of all commercial and private vehicles are prohibited, except for unavoidable Medical Emergencies.

*Gathering of people at public places within the residential areas in Ward/Colonies/villages is prohibited.

*Marriages are not allowed during the total lockdown period.

*Funeral/last rites related gatherings shall 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 is restricted. However, movement of Medical Emergency cases and Essential goods and services with proper safety measures in place will be allowed.

Further, DC Kohima advices general public to follow all safety precautions of wearing masks all the time, frequently washing hands and maintain social/physical distances to ensure public hygiene and personal safety.

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, said the order.