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The Nagaland government has extended the existing lockdown measures till January 15, 2022 in view of the COVID-19 cases worldwide.

In an order on December 14, the state government announced the extension of the existing lockdown measures and relaxations as contained in its order of October 28 (Unlock-8) in the state.

Earlier, the order was applicable till December 15.

In an official release, the government said that Nagaland is midst of the festive season and there is a likelihood of increase in the number of people moving from one place to another, particularly many town dwellers going to the villages for celebration and also villagers going to urban areas.

“In this context, and also in view of detection of a new COVID-19 variant the Omicron (variant of concern), it is essential that everyone continues to strictly adhere to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours like compulsory wearing of mask, maintaining social distancing, regular hand wash with soap and water or sanitizer, avoiding crowed spaces and close contact settings,” the order said.

Further, as has been seen world over, in addition to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours, vaccination is the most crucial and important tool in the fight against COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone who has not yet been vaccinated, they are strongly advised to get COVID-19 Vaccination at the earliest, the order noted.

The state government said that teams from the health & family welfare department are going from door to door as part of ‘Har Ghar Dastak’ to ensure COVID-19 vaccination to everyone.

The release said that any kind of public gathering which has been allowed beyond 50% and up to 100% capacity, is subject to all the participants being fully vaccinated or should have taken a single dose and at least 15 days should have passed since taking the first dose.

“Everyone is hence advised to take note of these conditions and ensure that in any public gathering there is no participant who is unvaccinated. During road travel also, any passenger vehicle which is carrying more than 50% and up to 100% capacity, the driver, attendant, passengers are subject to similar vaccination conditions,” the order said.

Nagaland has reported a total of 32,161 cases of COVID-19 since its outbreak last year. As many as 684 people died due to COVID-19 related complications in the state. There are 92 active cases in the state.

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