Kohima: Amid a surge in the number of COVID-19 cases in Kohima in Nagaland, deputy commissioner (DC) Gregory Thejawelie has called for strict adherence to COVID-19 SOPs within the district.

COVID appropriate behaviour, such as wearing of masks in public places, is mandatory and practising of social/ physical distance is to be strictly enforced in Kohima district, the DC said.

The DC informed that organisers of various social /academic /entertainment /cultural /political /religious functions, and shops, markets, restaurants, hotels, business establishments, government and private offices, educational and religious establishments, public transport within the district must strictly enforce COVID appropriate behaviour.

He reiterated that all gatherings outside the containment zones, which are permissible, shall be limited to 50% of the seating capacity or 200 persons, whichever is lower. Thermal screenings are to be made mandatory for all gatherings.

The DC advised that in situations where the number of persons is more than 200 in open spaces, prior permission must be obtained from the District Task Force (DTF) by e-mail or WhatsApp at warroomkohima@gmail.com or 8413097970.

Defaulters are to be penalised under Section 51 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and relevant sections of the IPC.

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As on Monday evening, Nagaland recorded a total of 12,568 COVID-19 cases of which 189 are active cases, 12,110 have recovered, 84 are COVID-19 related deaths, 10 deaths are not related to COVID-19, and 175 are migrated cases.

Of the total active cases, 170 are asymptomatic cases — 107 from Dimapur, 52 from Kohima, six from Phek, four from Longleng and one from Mokokchung; 15 are mild symptomatic cases — seven from Dimapur, five from Mokokchung, two from Kohima and one from Wokha; and four are moderate on oxygen support at Longleng.

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