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Nagaland cases mount to 1,239

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, July 24 - COVID-19 positive cases rose to 1,239 in Nagaland with the detection of 65 new cases today.

The State Directorate of Health and Family Welfare Department said the 65 fresh cases include 32 are from the armed forces, 25 from among returnees, including eight from non-resident technical persons on duty, seven traced contacts and one frontline worker.

With the latest update, the total positive cases in the State stand at 1,239, out of which 709 are active. As many as 530 patients have recovered.

Meanwhile, Dimapur Deputy Commissioner Anoop Kinchi has ordered enforcement of additional lockdown measures in the district for eight days from July 26 to August 2.

The lockdown decision has been taken to enhance active surveillance by the Dimapur Chief Medical Officer�s team on the one hand, and ensure comprehensive contact tracing in a bid to slow down the transmission chain of the pandemic on the other hand.

Keeping in mind the welfare of citizens, it has been decided to keep grocery stores open from 9 am to 2 pm, Kinchi added. All shops dealing in non-essential commodities, including bakeries, will remain closed during the lockdown period.

While public movement will be prohibited except those coming out to buy essential commodities, people have been asked to visit their respective colony or village shops. Vendors will be allowed to sell vegetables only in their respective colonies and not in the main market.

Inter-State, inter-district and inter-village movement will be restricted during the partial lockdown. However, movement will be permitted with regard to medical emergencies and essential goods and services.

The odd-even rule will continue to apply with regard to vehicular movement. Autorickshaws and taxis will be allowed to ply with only one passenger.

The wholesale markets will remain open from 5 am to 9 am only, while New Market, Hongkong Market, Hazi Park, Millenium Market, Railway Bazaar and the vegetable market at Purana Bazaar will remain closed.

The Dimapur district administration, police, paramilitary and Army, departments like Health, Treasury, Fire and Emergency Services, Home Guards and Civil Defence, Prisons, IT&C, PHED, Power, NIC, DIPR, Food and Civil Supplies, Social Welfare, municipality/town council, AIR, Doordarshan, pharmacies, medical clinics, nursing homes, BSNL and private telecom services, Internet service providers, media, LPG outlets, ATMs, banks with minimal staff and petroleum outlets will be exempted from the purview of the lockdown.

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