COVID-19 updates: Nagaland govt announces further relaxations

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KOHIMA | SEPT 08, 2020:

The Nagaland government on September 7, announced further relaxations of COVID-related restrictions in the state to boost economic activities at a meeting of the High Powered Committee on COVID-19 chaired by Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio.

The relaxation includes restarting construction works and the isolation norms for those coming to the state from other parts of the country and agricultural activities.

"With the rainy season coming to an end, we have to open up so that construction works can resume without any hindrance," government spokesperson on COVID-19 Neiba Kronu said.

However, strict safety protocols, including social distancing and hand hygiene measures, have to be followed by everyone to prevent further spread of the coronavirus, he added.

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People coming to the state on official visits and leaving within 48 hours will not be required to undergo quarantine anymore, Kronu, who is also the Minister for Land Revenue, said.

The government has also formed a Strategic Economic Committee that will suggest measures for improvement of agricultural productions, the minister said.

A project suggested by the panel has already been sent to the North Eastern Council (NEC) for funding, Kronu informed.

A detailed Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) will be released within the next few days, outlining measures for implementing the decisions taken at the meeting, Home Secretary Abhijit Sinha said.