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Nagaland: COVID-19 cases soar to 743 as 11 more test positive

Seven from Kohima, three from Mon and one from Mokokchung tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday morning

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Medolenuo Ambrocia

Kohima: With 11 new cases of COVID-19, seven from Kohima, three from Mon and one from Mokochung, the total number of confirmed cases in Nagaland spiked to 743 as of 9:20 am on Saturday.

The 11 new cases of COVID-19 were part of 310 samples that were sent for testing. The total number of active cases has increased to 439, while the number of recovered cases remain at 304.

Taking to Twitter, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom tweeted: "Update! Out of 310 samples tested, 11 more positive cases of COVID-19 have been confirmed. 7 in Kohima, 3 in Mon & 1 in Mokokchung.

Total State status as of 9: 20 AM, 11th July, 2020.

Positive : 743

Active : 439

Recovered : 304"

As reported, the High Powered Committee, following its meeting on Friday has decided to extend the existing lockdown till July 31. The proposal for a total lockdown in Kohima municipal areas for a week was turned down by the committee. After consultations with the medical department and analyzing all relevant facts, they decided that a total lockdown is not "warranted for now in Kohima".

Mmhonlumo Kikon, Spokesperson of the committee, informed that as and when a positive case is detected, contact tracing and surveillance will be enforced in containment areas. A new containment plan will also be implemented in the state which will have "strict protocols in place". "Extra efforts" will also be made to do "rigorous tracing and listing" and active surveillance will be conducted to prevent and contain COVID-19.

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