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With the rise of the Corona Virus globally, the Nagaland government has ordered for the total lockdown of the state from March 23.

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Addressing a press conference at Kohima on March 22, Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said that the state government has been issuing regulations for the better benefit of the public.

This is a major concern globally, he said stating that it was for the interest of the public health and safety and with a view to contain and prevent the spread of novel Coronavirus.

The Nagaland government of Nagaland in exercise of the powers conferred under Section 2, 3 and 4 of the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 have issued orders throughout the State of Nagaland from the midnight of today (March 22, 2020).

All shops and business establishments except pharmacies, petrol pumps and grocery shops selling food grains, food items, vegetables, daily use items or other essential commodities and media offices shall remain closed till further orders.

All commercial passenger vehicles both public and private like buses, taxis, autos and two-wheeler taxi shall not ply till further orders. Vehicles carrying inter-state transit passengers will be allowed till the midnight of tomorrow (March 23, 2020). Movement of all public is restricted except those coming out of their homes for procurement and distribution of essential commodities, availing essential services, medical facilities and other basic needs.

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All inter-state entry points shall be sealed except for the movement of essential commodities, security forces, medical equipments and supplies and goods vehicles transiting the state till further orders. However, the driver and attendants of the vehicles transiting the state shall be subject to medical screening as per laid down protocol.

All Government offices, both Central and State, except district administration, police, security forces, fire and emergency service, Home Department, medical, postal services, NIC, NSDMA, power, PHED, food and civil supplies, finance, treasury and accounts, banks and ATMs, AIR and Doordarshan, shall remain closed till further orders.

Any person or group of persons acting in violation of this order shall be deemed to have committed an offence punishable under section 188 of Indian Panel Code, Toy said.

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