Nagaland CM Neiphiu Rio. (File image)

All educational institutions, including universities, in Nagaland, will remain closed from Wednesday to April 12 in the wake of coronavirus outbreak.

The ongoing CBSE, CISCE and other board examinations, however, will continue as per schedule.

The decision was taken at a high-level meeting convened by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in Kohima on Monday.

Apart from Rio, the meeting was attended by cabinet ministers, advisers, chief secretary Temjen Toy, director-general of police T John Longkumer, administrative heads of departments and heads of departments.

It was also decided to ban entry of all tourists (foreign and domestic) into the state with effect from March 18 till further order.

The meeting decided that all entry points and check gates into the state will be manned and screened by manpower provided by the state police forces.

The manpower will be trained and provided with equipment by the health and family welfare department immediately.

All persons, students as well as public, entering the state have been asked to contact COVID-19 helpline numbers 7005435243, 9856071745, 7005539653 and toll-free number 1070 or email nlssu.idsp@nic.in

The meeting decided to form a core committee called “Special Action Group” drawn from line departments to deal with COVID-19 related matters.

The citizens have been asked to ensure to avoid public gatherings.

The meeting has asked to put on hold official functions and programmes involving big gatherings including mini hornbills.

It was also decided to suspend the issuance of new/fresh inner line permits for tourists (domestic/foreign) and all other categories with immediate effect until further order.

Rio said the meeting was convened to bring out a collective decision for the best option in order to ensure the safety of the people.

He urged the MLAs to go to their respective districts and hold meeting with the respective district task force.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: bhadragogoi@yahoo.com