Neiba Kronu
Nagaland government spokesperson and planning minister Neiba Kronu (centre) addressing a press conference in Kohima on Sunday. Image credit - Northeast Now

After the recovery of 8 COVID19 patients, the number of active cases in Nagaland stands at 110 and all of them are asymptomatic, said Nagaland planning & coordination minister and government spokesman Neiba Kronu on Sunday.

Kronu, while addressing a press conference in Kohima on Sunday, “All the eight recovered cases are from Dimapur.”

Six more persons tested positive on Sunday, taking the state’s tally to 118. All the six new cases are from Dimapur.

Of the 118 positive cases registered in Nagaland so far, 83 are males and 35 females. Four of them are in the age group of 0-17 years and 114 are in the age group of 18-44 years, the minister said.

Highlighting the Cabinet meeting held on June 5, Kronu said the Cabinet had deliberated on the existing SOP for the returnees.

Considering the need for further streamlining it, it was decided inter alia to provide paid quarantine to those returnees who wish to avail it.

He called for enlisting private laboratories to conduct Covid19 tests at the government-approved rates.

The minister also called for designating police quarantine for inmates indulging in unruly delinquent behaviour and enlisting cooperation and involvement of tribal bodies and government officers associations for providing food in institutional quarantine centres.

The Cabinet also decided to get the details of quarantined returnees such as their names, address, village, mobile number, past work experience or the trade engaged in, skill proficiency to develop institutional mechanisms for skill upgradation and training so that those who stay back are able to get employed and earn their living, he said.

The Cabinet decided that the mechanisms will be put in place for registering anyone who wished to go out of the state for work so that details are available and the government is in a position to promptly reach out to anyone outside the state who is in distress and provide assistance.

Kronu said the Cabinet has asked DGP T.J. Longkumer to identify persons circulating fake or deceitful videos or messages pertaining to Covid19 on the social media and punish them as per law.

On the ongoing exercise of bringing in the returnees to the state, he said a bus carrying 29 people from Jammu and Kashmir will arrive tonight while 34 returnees from Madhya Pradesh are reaching by bus on Monday.

Another special train from Maharashtra and Gujarat carrying 938 persons will also reach Dimapur on Monday, he added.

Bhadra Gogoi

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