Nagaland govt directs medical dept to assess if state 'qualifies' for total lockdown
Kohima: As the number of COVID-19 positive cases continues to spike, the state government has directed the department of health and family welfare to assess if the state "qualifies" for total lockdown.
On Wednesday, a total of 13 new cases of COVID-19 were detected, taking the state’s tally to 657. While 12 were reported in the morning, one more person from Tuensang was tested as positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday evening.
Out of the 13 new cases, an employee from the Kohima Municipal Council (KMC) was tested as positive. Following this, the Association of the Kohima Municipal Wards Panchayat (AKMWP) through its president Neibulie Kiewhuo and general secretary Thejao Sekhose, appealed the state government to declare a total lockdown in the state for at least 14 days to contain the spread of the virus.
With 222 positive cases, Dimapur has the recorded the highest number of cases. However, the number of recovered cases in Dimapur is 158 and active cases is 64. Peren district has reported 184 confirmed cases out of which 76 are recovered and 106 are active with one mild and one moderate each. Kohima recorded 126 confirmed cases of which 59 recovered and 67 are active cases. Mon district currently has 73 positive cases all of whom are active.
When contacted, Mmhonlumo Kikon, spokesperson of the High Powered Committee (HPC) for COVID-19, said: “We [state government] have asked the medical department to give a clear assessment report on whether the state qualifies for total lockdown".
Dr Nyanthung Kikon told EastMojo that the KMC employee who tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday came in contact with a frontline worker who was tested positive for COVID-19 recently. Dr Kikon said that the patient was in the “line list” of the contact tracing. Over 500 persons have been traced in connection to the fronline workers who had tested positive for COVID-19.
Amid apprehensions of community spread, Dr Kikon said: “There is no community spread at the moment. We know the source of the infection”. He said that the person was already in the “radar” which is why the sample of the person was collected for COVID-19 test. When asked if the department will consider recommending a total lockdown in the state, he informed that the department will be discussing the matter.
The district administration demarcated the residential locality of patient as containment zone. Earlier, two frontline workers who were engaged in the quarantine management at Kohima tested positive for COVID-19. A worker at the Nagaland commissioner's office, who happened to be a primary contact of one of the frontline workers also tested for COVID-19 on Tuesday.
Meanwhile, the state of Nagaland has so far reported 657 cases of COIVD-19 out of which 353 are active cases and 304 are recovered cases. “All the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals and COVID-19 Care Centres. Further, active surveillance and contact tracing is in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection,” informed Principal Secretary Home Abhijit Sinha.
As per the severity of symptoms, 350 active cases are asymptomatic, two are mild cases and one case is moderate. A total of 14,213 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and the results of 13, 925 samples have been received. Out of the 14,213 samples, 9, 384 samples have been received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) and a total of 9,090 samples have been tested, out of which 464 samples have tested positive.
In addition, a total of 8,294 samples have also been sent for testing on Truenat out of which 7,830 samples have tested negative, and 219 samples have tested positive which have been sent for confirmation by RT-PCR. A total of 3,483 persons are presently under Facility Quarantine.
Dr Kikon confirmed said that there are no samples in the state backlogs and all that are collected at the laboratories are processed as “soon as they receive it”.