The Nagaland government has announced the third phase of 'unlocking,' which will begin on July 18 and go through August 1, according to news agency PTI.
The government has permitted higher-secondary schools and colleges to resume on July 26 as part of a progressive relaxation of restrictions. This is despite the fact that the state's overall positive percentage remains above 10%.
According to government spokesman Neiba Kronu, the decision was made at a meeting of the High Powered Committee (HPC) on Covid-19, which was chaired by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio. The committee considered the recommendations made by the District Task Forces (DTFs).
Following this, it was announced that high schools and colleges may reopen, but that all teaching and non-teaching personnel must be vaccinated with at least one dose before to doing so. If the vaccine is not administered, they will be required to provide a Covid-19 negative report every 15 days. However, no equivalent standard has been established for students. The government has also required any school or college that want to reopen to seek permission from their relevant DTF.
Classes where children is required to be present physically in grades 10 and lower will continue to be postponed, and the government will make a decision after August 1st, according to Kronu.
There have been other additional relaxation announced in the hill station. People returning to the state who are completely vaccinated will no longer be required to do a Covid test or be quarantined, according to the administration. Those who have only taken one dosage in the last 15 days, on the other hand, will be quarantined for seven days. The administration has also decided to accept visitors to Nagaland who have received two doses of the Covid-19 vaccination.
Meanwhile, as of Saturday, Nagaland registered 132 fresh cases of the novel coronavirus, taking the total caseload in the state to 26,476. The northeastern state has an active caseload of 1,082. With 3 more COVID-19 induced fatalities, the death toll in the state rose to 519, as per the Health Department bulletin.