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A seven-day complete lockdown has been imposed in Lower Subansiri district from 5 am of July 20 in view of the increasing number of Covid-19 positive cases, officials said on Sunday.

An order to this effect, effective till 5 am on July 27, prohibits the movement of all vehicles and people within the district and to and from areas beyond. Prior approval has to be taken from the deputy commissioner in case of any emergency.

All commercial establishments, shops shall remain closed while transportation has been allowed for moving essential goods, medical and emergency services and for maintaining law and order.

Lower Subansiri deputy commissioner Swetika Sachan has appealed to all the denizens of the district to cooperate with the administration to prevent the spread of the virus.

For groceries, the district authorities have advised the people to contact the district food and civil supplies officer on 9862050233 and 8131980709.

 On the other hand, West Siang deputy commissioner Moki Loyi has withdrawn the proposed lockdown in the district and instead imposed a series of measures to contain the spread of Covid-19 in a revised order issued on Sunday.

Accordingly, all inter-state and inter-district movement of individuals and vehicles in the district has been barred except for cases of emergency, medical and last rites. The order prohibits movement of people in Aalo from 6pm to 5am, prescribes compulsory quarantine of returnees testing Covi-19 positive in paid quarantine facility as per the latest SOP.

The returnees from adjoining districts passing through Aalo should proceed to their destinations without stopping, the order said. It also made wearing of masks mandatory, restricted the movement of people above 60 years, children below 10 years and gathering of four or more people in a place.

Violations would entail a fine of Rs. 200, the order said.

The district disaster management officer has been asked to indicate seat vacancy in quarantine centres on a daily basis while the magistrates and district statistical officer have been told to supervise the movement of returnees to the quarantine centres and back to their designated locations after completion of their stay.

The Ruksin laisoning officer has been asked to allow returnees based on seat availability in the district quarantine centres.


Damien Lepcha is Northeast Now Correspondent in Arunachal Pradesh. He can be reached at: