Nagaland exempts agri activities from lockdown purview 

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HT Correspondent

DIMAPUR, April 7: Nagaland government spokesperson and planning and coordination minister Neiba Kronu on Tuesday said the farming operations across the state are exempted from the lockdown provisions.

“This being the sowing season, our farmers may hence, as per the need, come out of their homes, go to the fields and carry out all the essential farming activities, while maintaining social distancing,” Kronu said while briefing on the COVID-19 situation in the state.

He sought cooperation of each and everyone in the fight against the pandemic. He said the state cabinet on Tuesday in its meeting reviewed in detail the preparedness of the health department of the state for COVID-19.

He said the department had been asked to further strengthen and bring about improvements so as to cover all the gaps that may be still existing in its overall preparedness for preventing and managing the virus in the state.

Kronu said the state government is fast-tracking the establishment of a BSL 3 lab at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima and a BSL 2 lab at Referral Hospital in Dimapur which will help in testing the samples of the suspected cases in the state itself.

As on 5pm on Tuesday, he said, the total number of samples of suspected cases sent for testing from the state stood at 61. Out of this, the results of 48 have been received and they are all negative. The results of 13 samples are awaited, he added.

Kronu also said a total of 5069 persons have signed up in the COVID-19 Nagaland App till now, where 3590 persons have self declared their details and 1479 are with incomplete details.

The government reiterated its appeal to those who have entered the state after March 6 to self register in the App with their full details.

“Today is the 14th day of the lockdown and all our citizens deserve our fulsome praise for their continued support for the various lockdown measures,” he said.

In a separate press conference in Kohima on Tuesday, principal secretary health and family welfare Menukhol John said all districts hospitals are in the state being converted into Covid-19 hospitals.

He said the health department has issued instructions to all the dedicated COVID-19 hospitals to continue catering the regular OPD cases till COVID-19 patients are detected. He added that the moment COVID-19 cases are found, the general patients already admitted in the districts hospitals will be relocated to the nearest health unit.

On the transporters and carriers coming in and out of the state, he said screenings are done and their movements are being monitored on daily basis.

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