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India: Lockdown in Kohima to be lifted tomorrow

The complete lockdown that lasted for 2 weeks in order to eliminate the constant surge in Covid-19 cases is coming to end, although the odd-even vehicles scheme continues.

India: Lockdown in Kohima to be lifted tomorrow
JEWEL SAMAD AFP

Kohima's deputy commissioner Gregory Thejawelie ordered the lifting of the total lockdown in Kohima municipal area as of 8 August. The lockdown has been in effect since 25 July and lasted for two weeks as part of the Nagaland state efforts to stem the rising Covid-19 cases.

The lockdown was initially imposed for one week to facilitate health workers' mission of containing the virus spread before authorities decided to extend for a further week.

As per the new order the odd-even scheme for vehicles will remain in force at least till the end of August, meaning that vehicle with license plates ending with odd numbers can run on odd dates while the opposite applies to vehicles with plates ending with even numbers, while rules for shops and markets opening hours will remain the same as previously stipulated on 18 June.

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Containment zones in place

Moreover, several areas in the city such as Old Ministers Hill, New Ministers Hill, High School Ward, Midland Ward, and Kohima village have been labeled as containment zones as new Covid-19 cases have been discovered there, while deputy commissioner ordered the prohibition of the movement of authorized and unauthorized individuals in these sealed areas until further notice.

On Friday, the deputy commissioner held a meeting with Kohima's task force on Covid-19 to assess the benefits gained by the two-week lockdown, where it was made clear that the lockdown facilitated the mission of health workers in terms of contact tracing and surveillance activities.