Spokespersons for COVID-19 Mmhonlumo Kikon (left) addressing media persons in Kohima
Spokespersons for COVID-19 Mmhonlumo Kikon (left) addressing media persons in Kohima|EastMojo Image
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Nagaland quarantine protocols among top 5 strictest in country

Defaulters will be sent to Police Quarantine Facility at Ganeshnagar, in Dimapur, one of the largest quarantine facilities in the state

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: As the state government has decided to impose more stringent action against those who violate the standing rules and regulations during institutional quarantine, state spokesperson for COVID-19, Mmhonlumo Kikon, has said that Nagaland is among the top five states in the country for the strictest quarantine protocols.

To control the rule violators inside the quarantine centres, the state government said that defaulters will be sent to Police Quarantine Facility at Ganeshnagar, in Dimapur, one of the largest quarantine facilities in the state.

"In the entire country, Nagaland ranks in the top five—in terms of the strictest quarantine protocols, being imposed on our returnees. This is because we are ramping up our facilities and testing capacities,” said Kikon while addressing media persons in Kohima.

The state government has already imposed “quarantine facility rules and regulations” for people under institutional quarantine and considers said that disobedience of such rules and regulations is a punishable offence.

Obstruction, annoyance, and injury caused to any official, and causing danger to human life, health, safety riot or affray—under IPC Section 188—will lead to imprisonment for six months or fine or both. It also warned that there will be two years of imprisonment or fine or both in case of malignant act which is likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life—under section 270 of IPC.

Nagaland quarantine facility rules and regulations
Nagaland quarantine facility rules and regulations Twitter

Besides the guidelines, it also warned against vandalism of property, stealing, disruptive behaviour, abusiveness, fighting, in-appropriate sexual behaviour, manipulation of staff and intimidation of others.

The state government, on May 18, had passed an order which said “irrespective of place of origin of the journey, returnees shall undergo mandatory 14 days institutional quarantine at designated centres and thereafter proceed for 14 days mandatory home quarantine”.

However, persons above the age of 60 years, children below the age of 10 years and parents and pregnant women and accompanying spouse and patients, after thorough screening and on the advice of the medical team at the entry points/ screening centre are sent for 28 days’ home quarantine, as per protocol.

Ever since the first cases of COVID-19 were reported in the state on May 25, Nagaland chief Secretary Temjen Toy had also announced that the all persons returning to the state will be tested for COVID-19.

Institutional quarantine rules laid out on May 25
Institutional quarantine rules laid out on May 25 covid19.nagaland.gov.in

As returnees, entering Nagaland after May 18, are bound to undergo mandatory institutional quarantine for 14 days, followed by 14 days of home quarantine—irrespective of the place of origin, spokesperson for COVID-19 and adviser IT, science & technology, NRE, Mmhonlumo Kikon said that Nagaland is among the top five states in the country for the strictest quarantine protocols.

“In the entire country, Nagaland ranks in the top five—in terms of the strictest quarantine protocols, being imposed on our returnees. This is because we are ramping up our facilities and testing capacities,” said Kikon while addressing media persons in Kohima.

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