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The ongoing lockdown measures to contain COVID-19 in Nagaland have been extended for one month till August 31.

Nagaland minister and government spokesperson on COVID-19, Neiba Kronu, said that this was decided at the meeting of High Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 headed by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on July 30 in Kohima.

The meeting thoroughly deliberated on the current COVID-19 situation in Nagaland and decided to continue with the ongoing lockdown measures till August 31.

Kronu also informed that new set of Standard Operating Procedure (SOPs) would be brought out. The HPC deliberated on the existing lockdown measures and decided to continue with the measures.

HPC also reiterated that respective district task forces on COVID-19 were empowered to take decisions on imposition of stricter or additional lockdown measures as per their assessment of the local conditions in their respective districts.

It was also reiterated that schools and colleges would continue to remain closed.

The HPC was briefed by the Home and Health and Family Welfare departments on the overall COVID-19 situation in the state. The School Education department and the Higher and Technical Education departments briefed members on various measures being taken to ensure continuous learning of the students through both offline and online modes during the lockdown period.

In view of the rise in COVID-19 positive case, three towns are currently under total lockdown – Kohima from July 25-31, Dimapur from July 26- August 2 and Mon from July 27-August 2.

With public gripped by fears of community transmission, sources said the district task forces of Kohima and Dimapur would have to take stock of the situation in the next few days before deciding on whether or not to extend the lockdown period.

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