Itanagar: The Arunachal Pradesh government has declared an 8-day-lockdown from May 23 in the Namsai district following a spike in COVID-19 cases.

The development comes a day after the government had announced a total lockdown in the Anjaw and Dibang Valley districts which is scheduled to begin at 5 pm today.

State’s principal health secretary Dr Sharat Chauhan in a letter to the Namsai deputy commissioner on Saturday said “the complete containment (lockdown) measures would come into force from 5 pm on Sunday and would remain in effect till 5 am of May 31.”

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“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 letter from the principal health secretary read.

Such services shall continue in both the public and private sector, Dr Chauhan added.

The Namsai district registered 20 new Covid-19 positive cases on Wednesday.

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