Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has announced a nine-day lockdown to be imposed in the Anjaw and Dibang Valley districts of the state from May 22 amid a spike in COVID-19 cases.

Principal Secretary (Health) Dr Sharat Chauhan in separate letters to the deputy commissioners of the aforementioned districts on Friday said “the complete containment (lockdown) measures in the districts would come into force from 5 pm on Saturday 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 in both the public and private sectors,” the principal secretary said.

Dr Chauhan has also asked the deputy commissioners to give efforts to control the transmission of the virus and reduce its positivity rate in addition to implementing the containment measures.

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The DCs have also been asked to increase the number of Covid-19 tests in their respective districts and send a report on measures taken by them to strengthen surveillance and contact tracing.

The announcement of a lockdown in Anjaw and Dibang Valley districts comes a day after the government announced to impose similar restrictions in the Lower Subansiri and Lohit district on Thursday.

The Itanagar Capital Region and Tawang district is already under a complete lockdown until May 31.

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