NE states for extending lockdown beyond May 3
GUWAHATI, 27th Apr: Most north-eastern states are for extending the nationwide lockdown beyond May 3 with relaxations in economic activities and public services in 'green zones'.
After the meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi via video link, on Monday the Chief Ministers of eight N-E states tweeted their views vowing to strengthen the collective fight against the Covid-19 pandemic.
Later, officials of several N-E states echoed the Chief Ministers’ views over phone to the IANS.
Manipur Chief Minister N Biren Singh stressed the need for collective effort of the states and the Centre and possible relaxation in 'green zones' was discussed with the Prime Minister.
A couple of hours after attending the video conferencing, Biren took to social media commenting that the ongoing fight against COVID-19 needs collective effort of the states and Centre. He also hinted at possible relaxation in green zones and districts, which are not affected by COVID-19.
Meghalaya Chief Minister Conrad K Sangma tweeted: "At the video conference, we proposed to continue with the lockdown post-May 3 with relaxations in activities in 'green zones' in Meghalaya."
According to a release by the Meghalaya Chief Minister's Office, Sangma suggested the Prime Minister the Meghalaya model of "rapid response system". In this, on detection of a Covid-19 case the health administration and the police initiate steps within specified time-frame.
The rapid response system would enable the government to work at micro level, like the panchayat institutions, and gear up for the future, it added.
Meghalaya has reported 12 nCoV positive cases. Of this, 11 are active and one person, a senior doctor, died. Two districts have been categorised 'red zones'.
During the day, the Meghalaya government eased several curbs, like sale of essential goods, use of courier services for them, online sale of essential commodities, except for Shillong and in the Mylliem block of the East Khasi Hills district.
Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal hailed the Prime Minister for his leadership in these trying times in his tweet.
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb tweeted, "Took part in the video conference, noted the instructions given by the PM to strengthen our fight against Covid-19."
After the video conference, Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Pema Khandu tweeted that the doubling rate had slowed to 9.1 days.
Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in his tweet said wide range of issues was discussed with the Prime Minister and the Chief Ministers’ future course of action to tackle Covid-19. Mizoram Chief Minister Zoramthanga said: "I talked about actions taken by our state and the discipline and cooperation of people."
Four of the eight N-E states are free from coronavirus and its spread has been tamed in other four states. Of the 54 cases detected in 7 of the 8 N-E states, excluding Sikkim, there are only 20 active cases - seven in Assam, 11 in Meghalaya and one in Mizoram, besides a 33-year-old trader from Dimapur, Nagaland, undergoing treatment at the Guwahati Medical College and Hospital since April 12. Two people, a senior doctor in Meghalaya and a 65-years-old Covid-19 patient in Assam, died.