Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio during the inauguration of the state’s first referral BSL-3 laboratory in Kohima on Thursday Credit: EastMojo Image

Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Thursday said that there “should be no stigma” against stranded persons who are returning to the state, even if any COVID-19 positive case is detected. Rio said this as he inaugurated the state’s referral BSL-3 laboratory at Kohima on Thursday urging all people to unite as “Team Nagaland” and fight the virus.

1672 persons who were stranded outside the Nagaland have returned and around 1400 will be arriving on Friday. Over 18,000 people have registered with the government to repatriate. Rio requested all returnees to abide by the rules and regulations laid by the government.

“The state welcomes the stranded persons back. We all have to support their return”, said Rio. The returnees have to stay at designated quarantine facilities. He added that even if anybody is tested positive, it can be “contained and controlled”.

He expressed that although the stranded persons may be safe in their present place of stay, there is a risk of contracting the virus in their journey if social distancing is not maintained. “If anything happens also there should be no stigma but give support so that we can clean the mess and come out as winners,” Rio said.

The chief minister said that team Nagaland has been “successful” in containing the virus as it remains in a green zone. He sought continuous cooperation from all residents to “protect” the Naga people in the fight against COVID-19.

The Shramik Special Train Number 06194 which departed from Chennai on May 19 at 23:30 hours will be arriving to Dimapur on Friday at 13:05 hours carrying 1325 stranded persons of Nagaland.

Meanwhile, Nagaland continues to remain a COVID-19 free state with a total of 1001 samples which have been sent for testing from the State and the results of 978 samples have tested negative. The results for 23 samples are awaited. Also through the Truenat testing machine so far a total of 27 samples have been tested and all are negative.

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