Community transmission may become a reality in Peren: TR Zeliang to CM

Dimapur, July 1 (MExN): Leader of Opposition, TR Zeliang on Wednesday wrote to Chief Minister of Nagaland, drawing attention to the increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Peren district and requested the government to initiate immediate action.

In the letter, the opposition leader said Peren district has become among the worst hit districts in the State, and expressed fear that unless immediate necessary measures are adopted to contain the spread of the virus, community transmission may become a reality soon.

TR Zeliang further pointed out that the high number of COVID-19 positive cases among the Haryana returnees portrays a perilous future for all.  He claimed that the returnees who had arrived Peren District from Quarantine Centres based at New DC Complex, Chümoukedima, and Livingstone Hr. Secondary School, Dimapur, were sent to their respective villages without completion of their 14 days quarantine and without ascertaining their COVID-19 status. 

“Only after reaching their respective villages, their test samples were collected and sent to BSL-3 lab at Kohima, out of which many have tested positive while more results are awaited,” he stated.

The opposition leader also referred to the June 10 ultimatum served by the Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) and said that “the prevailing impasse has to be addressed by the State Government on priority basis.”

The ultimatum pertains to the June 3 incident where a COVID-19 positive patient hailing from Peren district was sent along with 16 other negative returnees to Peren district from Dimapur. Subsequently, the Joint Action Committee (JAC) on COVID-19 in Peren district submitted a representation requesting against erring personnel responsible for the disaster, followed by the ZSUN ultimatum.

The state government has however maintained silence on the matter.

As such, he urged the State Government to address the prevailing impasse on priority basis.