Kohima: In view of the deadly outbreak of coronavirus across the world and the death toll crossing 1,000, the Nagaland government has issued a circular directing the deputy commissioners of all the districts, besides the SPs and forest officers, to immediately issue orders reiterating the ban on hunting of wild animals in the state.

“The World Health Organisation has declared the outbreak of Novel Coronavirus in China and other countries as Public Health Emergency of International Concern. Available evidence on the Novel Coronavirus and pass experience with other coronavirus and other respiratory viruses suggest that there may have been transmission of viruses from wild animals to humans,” the circular said.

Among other preventive measures against the spread of the virus, the circular noted, “it has been suggested to refrain from activities like hunting, which increase the chances of contact of wild animals and wild animal products with humans”.

“A report of the action taken may be intimidated to this office at the earliest,” said the circular signed by additional secretary Dr Zasekuolie Chusi.

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