Kohima: Following the outbreak of novel coronavirus (COVID) across the world, the Nagaland state government has prohibited the movement of people crossing the international border between India and Myanmar.

An official statement from the DIPR on Friday said that deputy commissioner of Tuensang, Kumar Ramnikant, has notified that “as per the directives of the state government, the movement of people crossing the international borders between India and Myanmar is strictly prohibited with effect from the date of issue of this order”.

It said that this decision is “in view of the outbreak of novel coronavirus in China and other countries and on declaration of the same as Public Health Emergency of International Concern by the World Health Organization (WHO)”.

Necessitated in the “interest of public health and safety”, it said, adding that the order shall remain active till further notice.

Meanwhile, the DC has also notified that “a blanket ban on the hunting of wild animals is imposed within the jurisdiction of Tuensang district with immediate effect”, stating that “available evidence in the novel coronavirus and other respiratory virus suggest that there may have been transmission of viruses from wild animals to humans”.

A separate notification from the Mon deputy commissioner Thavaseelan K also said that in compliance with the advisory issued by the department of health & family welfare, hunting of wild animals and birds is banned within the jurisdiction of Mon district with immediate effect.

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