Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom has appealed for total lockdown in the state 

Kohima: A day after Nagaland reported its first case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19) on Sunday, health and family welfare minister S Pangyu Phom on Monday requested the chief minister to continue total lockdown in the state, particularly in Dimapur as “red zone”.

Taking to Twitter, Phom wrote: “Considering the latest development of Positive Case confirmed from our State. Have requested Hon’ble CM @Neiphiu_Rio for continuation of total lockdown particularly in Dimapur District as Red Zone.”

In an attachment, the minister said that in view of the outbreak of coronavirus (COVID-19), and with the confirmation of the first positive case in Nagaland on Sunday, “it is felt that the total lockdown of the state, particularly Dimapur district is required to prevent further spread of the virus in the state with immediate effect”.

The health minister requested the chief minister to examine the case and issue necessary directives for the implementation of total lockdown in the interest of public health and safety.

Jacob Zhimomi, minister PHED who is in-charge for Dimapur district, held an emergency meeting with the district’s special committee for COVID-19 along with the deputy commissioner and commissioner of police on Monday.

An update from the minister’s media cell said that all necessary measures and guidelines were to be adhered strictly by the authority and that further information will be notified from District administration in the interest of the general public. The minister also appealed the public not to panic & refrain from circulating any matter related to COVID-19 case without proper verifying facts.

Meanwhile, the state government has sealed the entire Marwari Patti and Ghorapatty areas. The wholesale market on GS Road in Dimapur and retail shops at Marwaripatti and Ghorapatty will also be closed until further orders.

Zion Hospital in Dimapur which initially treated the first COVID-19 patient has also been sealed and all doctors, nurses, all other staff and their family members who came into direct and indirect contact with the patient are to be quarantined.

As reported earlier, the patient had entered the state on March 24 through an Air India flight no 709 with seat no 5B from Kolkata. The patient was referred to GMCH in Guwahati where he tested positive on Sunday.

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