Despite government orders for a lockdown in the frontier state of Arunachal Pradesh, from Monday evening till March 31 as a precautionary measure to contain the spread of corona virus pandemic.
Many residents did not comply and were seen out in the roads with random excuses without any valid reason on Tuesday. Here in a video interview with a local television network, Capital Superintendent of Police (SP) Tumme Amo can be seen making an appeal and requesting the public to stay indoors.
According to a notification issued by Chief Secretary Naresh Kumar on Sunday night, “No public transport services, including operation of taxis, buses, auto-rickshawks, will be permitted except transport of all kinds to and from hospitals, airport, helipad, railway stations, and goods carriers carrying food, medicines and essential commodities.”
All shops, commercial establishments, offices, factories and workshops shall also shut down their activities during the lockdown. People are required to stay at home and strictly follow social distancing protocols and any gathering of more than 10 people will be prohited in public places, it said.
However, supplies of groceries, medical services, pharmacies and banks/ATMs, courts and government agencies on duty, police, armed forces and paramilitary forces have been exempted from the purview of the lockdown.
No positive case of COVID-19 has been detected so far in the state but as a precautionary step, about 60 person (mostly students studying outside the state) has been advised for home quarantine, Kumar added.