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Kohima: A day after Nagaland chief secretary Temjen Toy notified the constitution of a Special Action Group with nine members headed by principal secretary (home) Abhijit Sinha to continuously monitor the evolving situation on account of the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), the government has reconstituted it as a Special Advisory Group with 10 members including Sinha as chairman.

The corrigendum issued by Toy on Tuesday notified the partial modification of the Special Advisory Group reconstituting the following as members: Renchamo Kikon, ADGP (L&O); Shanavas C, principal director, school education; Vizolie Suokhrie, principal director, health & FW; Asano, chairperson NBSE; Limawati Ao, director IPR; Elizabeth Ngully, Jt Secretary, UD; Pollan John, Jt Secretary RD; M Rollan Lotha, COO, NSRLM; and Johnny Ruangmei, OSD, NSDMA.

The earlier notification had said that the group was constituted to continuously monitor the situation, and to ensure that actions are taken in order to keep the state in readiness for any eventuality, apart from taking prompt measures for prevention and control of the spread of COVID-19.

Following a high-level meeting on COVID-19 chaired by chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Monday, the state government has issued a series of notifications. An advisory to take urgent matters for prevention and control of the spread of the virus was also issued for public interest.

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The advisory issued by Toy on Monday refrained the public from holding any social, cultural, sports, political religious, academic and family functions/programmes which may see gathering of a large number of people.

Advising the public to avoid all forms of non essential travels outside the state, it appealed all students who have returned to the state on or after March 1 to contact the helpline numbers at 7005415243, 9856071745, 7005539653 or send email to for guidance and screening.

While all educational institutions were ordered to close down with effect from March 17 till April 12, issuing of fresh/new ILP were suspended. The entry of tourists into the state will barred from March 18 till further notice. The government also ordered the closure of cinema halls across the state.

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