Kohima’s Upper AG Colony sealed

Police personnel marking off 'sealed areas' at Upper AG Colony in Kohima on July 12.
Police personnel marking off 'sealed areas' at Upper AG Colony in Kohima on July 12.

Morung Express News
Kohima | July 12

The detection of a COVID-19 positive case from a ‘non-frontline worker’ in Kohima sent social media users into a tizzy on Sunday as the Kohima Deputy Commissioner demarcated the Upper AG Colony as a ‘sealed zone.’ 

The DC had issued a notification following detection of a COVID-19 positive person residing at AG Upper Colony, Kohima, demarcating areas under Vizadel Residence, Circular Road, Sakhrie’s Construction Compound and Vipi Road Junction as ‘sealed area’ to contain the spread of the disease and for necessary contact tracing.

The DC said all movement of persons/vehicles within the defined sealed area has been strictly restricted/prohibited and placed under active surveillance.

According to the various posts circulated on social networking sites, the patient is said to be a non-frontline worker who reportedly frequented the Commissioner's office.

It may be mentioned that the Commissioner's office was sealed on July 7 after a canteen worker tested positive for COVID-19.

Upon enquiry, State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Nyan Kikon replied, "Yes, it's true. It's all there in the social media." He however maintained that the case still comes under local transmission.

According to the World Health Organisation, local transmission occurs when infected individuals can trace the person they were infected by.

Meanwhile, additional calls made to officials of Kohima District Task Force, Chief Medical Officer and Department of Health and Family Welfare, remained unanswered till the filing of this report.  However, sources informed that the patient, who is said to be asymptomatic, has been admitted at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.