Nagaland

HPC urges DTF to monitor inbound travellers at Dimapur Airport

High Powered Committee urges DTF to monitor inbound travellers at Dimapur Airport

Kohima, April 08 (NEx): In view of the rapid surge in cases of COVID-19 in several parts of the country, the High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 in its meeting held on April 6th, 2021 decided to place teams from District Task Force (DTF) to monitor inbound travellers at Dimapur Airport.

The Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha, IAS in a letter to the DC & Chairman DTF, Dimapur said the teams will do the thermal screening of every incoming passenger and check if he/she has a negative report of COVID-19 test done not earlier than 3 (three) days prior to arrival in Nagaland, or if he/she has completed the COVID-19 vaccination, and whether he/she has installed and registered in the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and submitted the ‘Self Declaration Form’ giving the travel details as well as the proposed location for home/paid quarantine as envisaged under the provisions of the SOP on November 25, 2020.

Further, Sinha said, special attention may be given to people coming from any of the 11 states with the highest COVID-19 active cases in the country as on April 5th, 2021 namely – Maharashtra, Chhattisgarh, Karnataka, Kerala, Punjab, Tamil Nadu, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Delhi. The details of such persons be immediately shared with the respective DTFs where such persons propose to do their home/paid quarantine in case they are coming without a negative report of COVID-19 test or proof of having completed COVID-19 vaccination so that adherence to the provisions of the aforesaid SOP is strictly ensured.

The SOP issued by the Chief secretary said that it is mandatory for every returnee/inbound traveller to install and register in the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App and Aarogya Setu before entering Nagaland. Every returnee/inbound traveller will be required to submit “Self Declaration Form” and for those opting for Home Quarantine the “Undertaking for Home Quarantine”.

“Self Declaration Form” & “Undertaking for Home Quarantine” -can be submitted through nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App for Android Smartphone users or Online at covid19.nagaland.gov.in. or by WhatsApp to the respective district’s helpline number or in hard copy at the office of the respective Chief Medical Officer.

Also, it is advised that every returnee/inbound traveller should complete the submission of Self Declaration and Undertaking if opting for home quarantine in advance prior to arrival. The returnee/inbound traveller may visit covid19.nagaland.gov.in for getting updated information with regard to paid quarantine facilities and their availability on various dates, DTF/ District Health Helpline phone numbers and their email addresses and other concerned
information.

At the Point of Entry, any returnee traveler if symptomatic on arrival will mandatorily report to the concerned district health authority.

It also said that a returnee/traveller who produces a negative report of COVID-19 test done not earlier than three (3) days prior to arrival in Nagaland through RT-PCR/TrueNat/CBNAAT shall be exempted from quarantine (if the person has to arrive on say Thursday, the swab should have been given for testing not earlier than Monday). The returnee/traveller should carry the soft/hard of the negative test report and produce it whenever asked by the competent
authority.

Every returnee or traveller without the negative test report as mentioned above and asymptomatic will undergo quarantine for 10 (ten) days, who may either opt for home quarantine or paid quarantine in the designated hotel/lodge. All persons in quarantine shall follow 3Ws (Wear mask, Wash hands, Watch distance) and avoid 3Cs (Crowded places, Close contact setting & Closed and enclosed spaces), the SOP said.

All returnees/travellers shall self-monitor their health for development of any COVID like symptoms-fever, cough, difficulty in breathing etc. and shall update the status in nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App twice daily. In case of development of any of the above mentioned symptoms, they are advised to contact the respective District Health Helpline or State Helpline.

The Government Servants entering the State on official tours, or returning after making a tour outside or coming back after availing leave will also be covered by the same quarantining provisions as above, it said.

If the duration of stay of any person entering the State by Air or in self arranged conveyance is less than 48 hours, no advance testing will be required, and he/she will not be required to quarantine. The person concerned before his/her entry should however, install and register on Aarogya Setu, and during the period of stay will follow all the health safety protocols and in case of night-halt in the State will stay in a single room accommodation with attached bathroom.

It also said that the SOP will be uniformly implemented throughout the State without any deviation and will not be modified by District Task Force, Urban Local Bodies, Village Authorities or Community-based Organizations.

The CS cautioned that violator(s) of the SOP will be penalized as per the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act 2005, and the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020.