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Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has declared a 10-day-lockdown from May 22 in the Lower Subansiri and Lohit districts of the state following a surge in COVID-19 cases.

A notification issued by the state’s Principal Health Secretary Dr Sharat Chauhan on Thursday said “the complete containment (lockdown) measures would come into force from 5 am on Monday and would remain in effect till May 31.”

“However, all essential services and activities such as healthcare services, police, fire, banks, electricity, water and sanitation, regulated movement of public for buying essential food items including all incidental services and activities needed for a smooth functioning of these activities shall continue,” the notification from the principal health secretary read. Such services shall continue in both the public and private sector, it added.

The Lower Subansiri district registered 39 new COVID-19 cases while Lohit added 22 new cases to its active cases tally on Wednesday. Lower Subansiri at present has a total of 223 active cases while there are 198 active COVID-19 cases in Lohit.

Arunachal Pradesh in total has 2,585 active COVID-19 cases. The Itanagar Capital Region and Tawang district of the frontier state are already under a complete lockdown until May 31.

Meanwhile, the public bus stand area and HDFC Bank under Ward-7 in Pasighat has been declared as a micro containment zone for 14 days by the East Siang district administration on Wednesday.

Following the declaration, the Pasighat Municipal Council under the supervision of the district medical officer sanitised the entire area while the movement of people for supply of essential items and other emergency services were regulated.

Police/security guards are deployed in the area to help, while the DMO has been directed to collect the samples of the primary and secondary contacts for COVID-19 tests.

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