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Nagaland seals border with Assam

A directive issued to the village councils in the inter-state border area villages
Indian Reserve Battalion personnel on duty along the Assam-Nagaland border at Bhandari in Wokha district.

Bhadra Gogoi   |   Dimapur   |   Published 05.04.20, 06:53 PM

The Nagaland government sealed the border with Assam under Bhandari subdivision in Wokha district with immediate effect after five persons tested positive for Covid-19 at Merapani sector in Assam bordering Nagaland.

An official release on Sunday said the Bhandari additional deputy commissioner, Tiameren Chang, through an order on Saturday, issued a directive that the Assam-Nagaland border stretch under Bhandari sub-division will remain totally sealed for entry or exit through any routes, including footpaths, until further order.

Chang said punitive action will be taken against any person violating the order.

A directive was also issued to the village councils in the inter-state border area villages to strictly monitor movement of people and extend fullest cooperation to the district administration and the police for effective implementation of the order.

Voluntary service: Nagaland home commissioner Abhijit Sinha on Sunday called for utilisation of the service of volunteers trained under the Aapda Mitra Scheme for the containment of Covid-19.

Sinha suggested considering the utilisation of the service of the volunteers in view of the gravity and magnitude of the challenge emerging from Covid-19 pandemic.

He said the volunteers would be responsible for providing services such as relief-related works like providing medicines, food, clothing and other items to the disabled, elderly and needy persons and also generation of awareness among the people to adopt measures to contain the spread of Covid-19.

He added that the volunteers, if necessary, may be suitably trained to tackle the pandemic.

Testing lab: Nagaland governor R.N. Ravi said the government is in the process of setting up a Covid-19 testing laboratory in the state.

“I am hopeful to have it ready and functional soon,” Ravi said in a release on Saturday night.

Ravi said Nagaland has not been able to do required number of tests to have an objective assessment of the Covid-19 situation owing to lack of testing in the state.

He said he is in touch with the Union ministry of health and the Indian Council of Medical Research for getting the required assistance to set up the lab.

Ravi said all possible measures have been taken to prevent the possible spread of Covid-19 virus in the state.

“However, in an unfortunate event of some positive cases, I assure you that the state government is well equipped to tackle it,” he said.

Ravi underscored the need for social distancing and urged for cooperation from all sections. He assured that the government remains committed to mitigate the hardships of people.

He acknowledged the services of all frontline workers, health personnel, police and NGOs in the fight against the virus.


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