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The Nagaland Cabinet at a meeting on Monday decided to extend the lockdown in the state till July 15 after reviewing the existing lockdown measures.

In his routine briefing, principal secretary (home) Abhijit Sinha said the Cabinet was briefed on the Covid19 situation in the state by the health and home departments before it took the decision.

“An order has been accordingly issued today,” Sinha said.

He said the existing guidelines with regard to the lockdown in all parts of the state, issued by an order on May 4, subject to relaxations issued by subsequent order on June 10 regarding opening of religious places/places of worship for public and the order on June 20 regarding plying of local taxis and auto rickshaws in the border sub-divisions, will continue to remain operative till July 15.

Meanwhile, Nagaland has registered 17 new Covid19 positive cases, taking the state’s overall tally to 451.

Confirming the detection of the new cases, Nagaland helath minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet in the evening on Monday said, the new cases have been detected in the Tuensang quarantine centre.

With the new cases, the active Covid19 cases in Nagaland stand at 283 while 168 patients have recovered.

Principal secretary (home) Sinha earlier said all the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated Covid19 hospitals.

As per the severity of symptoms, all the active cases are asymptomatic.

Sinha also said 7,637 samples have been tested out of the 11,661 samples collected for testing.

Altogether 4,897 samples have been tested by Truenat, out of which 85 samples have tested positive and sent for confirmation by RT-PCR.

A total of 5,181 persons are presently under facility quarantine, he added.

Bhadra Gogoi

Bhadra Gogoi is Northeast Now Correspondent in Nagaland. He can be reached at: