Nagaland, April 20: The Nagaland Government has issued urgent measures to prevent the spread of COVID in the State.

The Home Department issued a notice advising all District Task Forces (DTF) to urgently convene meetings, and after studying the COVID situation in Nagaland as existing in their respective districts, and taking into account other relevant local factors, consider taking several measures.

The measures include restricting the assembly of 4 or more persons from 7:00 pm to 5:00 am in urban areas; the opening of markets on alternate days especially in crowded areas; and allowing plying of vehicles with odd and even registered numbers on alternate days in urban areas.

The DTFs have also been directed to identify and the person on arrival from outside the State and instruct such persons to immediately report to the DTF.

They must also ensure that such persons remain in self-isolation for 10 days if no negative RT-PCR/ TrueNat/CBNAAT test report for COVID-19 (test did not earlier than 72 hours prior to entry into the State) is produced on arrival, or if the test result is awaited, or if the person concerned hasn’t completed the COVID-19 vaccination.

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It further directed the DTF to inform all the residents of strict observance of COVID appropriate behaviours including avoiding crowded places and encouraging all eligible persons to avail the COVID-19 vaccination.

Other measures include enforcement of compulsory wearing of face masks; to check to gather of crowds beyond the permissible limit and to start random screening tests in all high-risk settings as advised by the Health & Family Welfare Department