A deserted sight of Kohima town on July 25 Credit: File image

Kohima: The fortnight-long total lockdown which came into force in the Kohima municipal areas on July 25 has been lifted by the deputy commissioner of Kohima. Friday marks the last day of the total lockdown in the state capital.

Through an order on Friday, deputy commissioner Gregory Thejawelie said that the order will come into effect on Saturday. The opening days and timings for markets will be followed as per the existing guidelines. The odd-even system for movement of vehicles which came into force on July 15 will also continue to remain in force till July 31.

Following an emergency meeting of the Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on July 23, the deputy commissioner (DC) of Kohima Gregory Thejawelie had imposed a seven-day total lockdown in the municipal areas in Kohima from July 25-31.

The complete lockdown measures were imposed in the Kohima municipal areas under Kohima Sadar jurisdiction to enhance active surveillance by the CMO Co-ordination Team Kohima and to ensure more “comprehensive contact tracing, early detection of suspected cases and isolation measures so as to slow down the chain of detection of transmission and to further contain the spread of Covid-19 infection”.

Later, the total lockdown was extended for another seven days from August 1-7. It notified that the extension of the complete lockdown measures by the DTF Kohima was necessitated, taking into consideration the recent surge in the rapid Covid-19 positive cases in the district outside the quarantine centres.

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Earlier on July 31, Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy issued a new consolidated guidelines on the lockdown measures with the extension of the lockdown till August 31.

The new order authorised the deputy commissioners to impose stricter and additional lockdown measures in the respective districts for specific periods and in different areas. The DCs, on the assessment of the actual ground position, can issue necessary orders. However, provisions laid down by the state government cannot be diluted, it had informed.

It had also mandated all deputy commissioners to strictly enforce the lockdown measures as per the Union ministry of home affairs and the national directives for COVID 19 management.

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