The total number of COVID19 positive cases in Nagaland increased to 1,237 with the detection of 63 new cases on Friday.

The new positive cases were detected out of the 372 samples tested.

“Out of 372 samples tested, 63 positive cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed,” Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom tweeted.

Forty-one of the cases have been reported from Dimapur, 21 cases have been reported from Kohima while one case has been reported from Peren district.

Of the 1,237 positive cases, 707 are active while 530 patients have recovered.

Meanwhile, the Dimapur district task force has announced partial lockdown in Dimapur for eight days with effect from July 26-August 2.

Deputy commissioner Anoop Kinchi, who is the chairperson of the district task force, said the decision was taken to enhance active surveillance by the Dimapur chief medical officer team and also to ensure comprehensive contact tracing and to slow down the chain of transmission to contain the spread of the infection in the district.

However, he said keeping in mind the well-being of the citizens, it was decided that essential commodities (grocery) stores would be allowed to open from 9 am to 2 pm.

All shops of non-essential commodities, including bakeries, would remain closed during the lockdown period.

All shops and business establishments were allowed to open from 9 am to 2 pm till July 25.

While the movement of the public will be prohibited except those coming out for availing essential commodities, the public has been directed to buy essential commodities from their respective colony/ village shops.

Vegetable vendors would be allowed to sell only in their respective colonies and not in the main market.

Inter-state, inter-district and inter-village movement would be restricted.

However, the movement of medical emergencies and essential goods and services with proper safety measures in place would be allowed.

It was decided that the odd-even system on vehicular movement would continue to be enforced while the autos/taxis would be allowed to ply with only one passenger following all necessary SOPs.

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

The district administration, police, paramilitary/army, departments like medical, treasury, fire and emergency, home guards and civil defence, prisons, IT&C, PHED, power, NIC, DIPR, food and civil supplies, social welfare and municipality/town council would be exempted.

Besides, AIR, Doordarshan, pharmacies, medical clinics, nursing homes, BSNL and private telecom services, internet service providers, media, LPG, ATMs, banks with minimal staff, and petroleum outlets have also been exempted from the purview of the lockdown.

Bhadra Gogoi

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