KOHIMA: Nagaland witnessed a spike in COVID-19 positive cases after 107 new cases were detected in Kohima on Wednesday. While the State's total caseload rose to 12,340, the active cases also surged to 113.
India on Wednesday reported 457 deaths in the last 24 hours -- the highest since December 17 while 53,480 new COVID-19 cases were reported, taking the active total coronavirus tally to 1,21,49,335.
Meanwhile, the Kohima district administration has declared St. Paul Training Institute, Phesama as containment zone in view of detection of COVID-19 positive cases at the institute. Kohima DC Deputy Commissioner) Gregory Thejawelie has notified that there shall strictly be no entry or exit from the containment zone. "This was necessitated to map the local transmission of the disease and prevent the contagion from spreading," stated the DC.
The order stated that the residents within the containment zone would be regularly monitored by the medical team over phone or otherwise, till they recover or test negative for COVID-19 infection.
Informing that the containment zone was mapped and cordoned off, the DC has advised the public to follow all safety precautions. The order cautioned that those who failed to comply with the guidelines would be penalised under Section 51 to 60 of the Disaster Management Act, 2005, the Epidemic Disease Act, 1897 and relevant sections of India Penal Code.
Meanwhile, taking note of the warning issued by the Central government on Tuesday that the entire country was at risk as the COVID situation was worsening, a senior doctor, who did not wished to be named said that the state government needed to step up and implement new/revised guidelines or restrictions. The doctor further urged citizens not to be complacent in the fight against coronavirus and to follow COVID-appropriate behaviour. (Agencies)
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