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Task force seeks continuation of lockdown in Nagaland

By Correspondent

DIMAPUR, April 12 - The Kohima District Task Force on COVID-19 has resolved to suggest to the Nagaland government the need to continue the lockdown.

The third review meeting for the district task force, convened by Nagaland Minister for Housing and Mechanical Tongpang Ozukum and Adviser on Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Dr Nicky Kire at the Kohima District Planning and Development Board hall on Saturday, felt that the lockdown was necessary, along with sealing of all inter-state entry points in the state to combat the coronavirus, stated a release issued on Sunday.

All legislators of Kohima district and Angami organisations attended the meeting. The meeting also resolved to suggest to the government to work out modalities so that students and workers stranded at Kohima can travel to their own districts. It agreed to the strict implementation of social distancing, particularly during shopping, and on setting up a core committee to coordinate with villages on distribution of essential items.

On water supply in Kohima district from different sources, the meeting decided to form a core committee to monitor the supply to the public.

Ozukum and Kire lauded the efforts of the district administration, medical department, police, media persons and other workers who are on the frontline in the fight against the virus.

The task force headed by the minister also inquired into the preparedness at the Naga Hospital Authority in Kohima, which was recently converted into a COVID-19 hospital.

Appeal: Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton on Sunday said the government, along with frontline workers and all stakeholders, have been working round the clock to contain the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his message, Patton thanked the workers for their sacrifices, and appealed to every citizen to adhere to the guidelines issued by the government and not to be complacent even though there is no report of any positive case in the state so far.

SHG gesture: To extend moral support to the frontline workers on the occasion of Easter Sunday, Likya Self Help Group, comprising seven women, offered refreshments to policemen and traffic personnel on duty from the Chumukedima stretch of the National Highway 29 to Dillai gate and New Field check gate.

The group also played Easter songs, and later visited police stations and media houses to motivate the officials.

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