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Nagaland Covid-19: 69 samples sent for testing; four await result

By EMN Updated: Apr 09, 2020 11:33 pm

Dimapur, April 9 (EMN): Four more samples were sent from Nagaland on Thursday for suspected Covid-19 infection, according to an update from the principal secretary for Home, Abhijit Sinha.

“As at 5 pm today (Thursday), a total of 69 samples of suspected cases have been sent for testing. The results of 65 samples have been received and they are all negative. The results of the remaining four samples are awaited,” he informed.

Sinha informed that the state government has issued an advisory suggesting all persons planning on returning to Nagaland—on resumption of commercial flight services to Dimapur—to postpone their return for the time being.

“For those whose return is unavoidable, they may take note that upon landing at Dimapur Airport they will be medically screened and thereafter taken to institutional quarantine centres designated by the government of Nagaland at Dimapur, where they will have to mandatorily undergo minimum 14 days quarantine. It may be noted that all inter-state borders will continue to remain sealed till further orders,” he said.

The officer also informed that Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio reviewed the Covid-19 situation and the state of preparedness of the Health department on Thursday in Kohima. The meeting was attended by several ministers, advisors and senior officers of the state government.

Sinha maintained that essential commodities continue to be available as normal in the state.

Magisterial probe into assault on doctor 

The government of Nagaland has ordered a magisterial inquiry into the alleged assault of a doctor on Covid-19 duty by Nagaland Police personnel.

According to the principal secretary for Home, Abhijit Sinha, the probe will be conducted by the additional deputy commissioner of Niuland.

“The inquiry will go into all the facts and circumstance leading to the incident and fix responsibilities on those guilty. The inquiry officer has been asked to submit the report latest by April 18,” he said.

On the night of April 3, Dr. Nosezol Sezo was allegedly assaulted, and his vehicle damaged, by police personnel enforcing the lockdown measures.

By EMN Updated: Apr 09, 2020 11:33:30 pm