Altogether 449 air passengers have tested positive for COVID-19. 

These 449 air passengers have tested positive for COVID-19 after conducting tests of 833 samples that were taken at the Dimapur Airport between April 17 and 29. 

The Nagaland health and family welfare department said this in its travel advisory issued on Tuesday.  

It said that the results of over 54 percent of the 833 samples tested turned positive. 

The department advised people to avoid travelling unless it is absolutely necessary. 

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Stating that quarantine is mandatory even after a negative test result, it urged the travellers to quarantine themselves for a minimum of seven days and observe for symptoms. 

The active COVID-19 positive cases in the State reached 1584 with 101 new cases reported on Monday.  

Altogether, 105 COVID-19 related deaths were reported in the State till yesterday. 

Meanwhile, the State government today notified that the Social Welfare Department, Sakhi One Stop Centre/women help line child protection services and anganwadi services have been exempted from the purview of the new Covid-19 restrictions to be imposed from Wednesday. 

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LPG services, including their delivery, distribution and transportation, private water tankers/carriers, prison and related services, courier services, municipal services like cleaning and sanitation to be executed by the Kohima Municipal Council, Dimapur Municipal Council and Chumukedima Town Council and Gauhati High Court Kohima Bench and district courts have also been exempted. 

The government said all places of mass gathering, including religious places, will remain closed except for solemnisation of weddings with prior permission of the respective deputy commissioner across the State and will be limited up to 50 persons. 

The Nagaland Government has already declared parts of Dimapur and Kohima as containment zones for a week with effect from 7 pm of May 5 to contain and prevent the spread of COVID-19 in the State.

Bhadra Gogoi

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