Kohima: The state of Nagaland, which came under total lockdown from 6 PM on May 14 for a week to break the chain of COVID-19, may need to extend the restrictions if the situation requires, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio said in a video message on Tuesday.

Rio said that although the lockdown is creating tremendous inconvenience for the people, the extraordinary scenario demands it.

“We should be prepared that the lockdown may need to be extended, if the situation requires,” he said in a video message to the people.

The CM appealed to the people to not compromise on lockdown regulations for the sake of their own health and safety. He urged the public to be “extra cautious and extremely vigilant” in order to prevent the disease from spreading to the rural areas of the state as it could lead to far reaching consequences.

While the weeks and months ahead may pose greater challenges for the people, Rio assured that the state of Nagaland and its people are “in this together” as “Team Nagaland”. He advised the people to set aside differences and work as a team.

As every citizen is a member of Team Nagaland, he said, “We will win this fight as one Naga family”. Rio also sought positive cooperation of the people, adding that with the protection of god, Nagaland and its people will emerge stronger together overcome the pandemic.

Rio added that in the past years, the state has made significant investments resulting in improvements and upgradation of the health care facilities and has also strengthened the health-related human resources of the state.

He thanked the union government and all well wishers who enabled the state to improve its infrastructure and also build new health facilities across the state.

CM boosts morale of frontline workers in battle against COVID-19

Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio acknowledged the efforts of the frontline workers, particularly the medical fraternity, for working day and night, taking the great risk to keep the people safe and healthy.

He urged the public to extend all cooperation and assistance towards the frontline workers and contribute towards easing their burden even by a small margin.

Saying that the medical frontline workers are doing a commendable job, he encouraged them not to be disheartened during this difficult period.

He further encouraged them to continue giving their best services in taking care of fellow citizens. The CM added that the government is ramping up the vaccination drive in the state with procurement of more vaccines. 

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