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Kohima: “There is 1% increase in cases among 61-98 years age group in the past one week which is a big concern,” the state’s health department alarmed on Saturday informing that this indicates an epidemiological shift from the younger to the older age groups.

The percentage of positive traced contacts in the age group above 60 years is now at 5%. However, 52% of positive traced contacts are in the 21-40-year-old age group who are potential drivers of community spread.

The most affected age group is 21-30 years and 31-40 years at 26%. The COVID-19 related deaths of persons below the age of 60 years comprise 62% of all deaths reported in the state.

Diabetes and Hypertension are the most commonly associated comorbidities among the deaths. Diabetes is associated with 50% of deaths . Fever (77%), cough (48%) and shortness of breath are the most common reported symptoms.

“Infections in people with comorbidities or high-risk groups (0.83%) is also slowly increasing which could mean more hospitalizations and even deaths,” the health department informed in its weekly bulletin.

The sample positivity rate in Nagaland also continues to remains higher than the national average at 9.2% although there is a gradual decrease in the weekly positivity rate.

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Distribution of active cases and sampling

Positivity rate among cases attending flu clinics is 8% in the past four weeks. These cases were either symptomatic or are symptomatic and were tested for COVID-19 due to travel/surgery purposes, having no history of travel or contact with any confirmed case.

The most common presenting feature among symptomatic cases is fever 77% followed by cough 48%. Household and workplaces comprising 55% continue to be the most common places of infection.

Meanwhile 128 fresh COVID-19 cases have been detected on Saurday- 11 from Kohima, 61 from Dimapur, 54 from Mon and two from Peren. The total number of positive cases in the State surged to 9,455.

Out of the 9,455 positive cases, the total recoveries so far are 8,249. The active cases are 1,071 and there have been 39 deaths. As per the severity of symptoms 1,012 active cases are asymptomatic, 34 active cases are mild, 11 active cases are moderate on oxygen, 8 active cases are severe on oxygen, two active cases are critical without oxygen and four active cases are on ventilator.

Further, out of 9,455 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people are: 4,074 cases of Armed Forces/ Police, 1,675 cases of Returnees, 3,245 cases of Traced Contacts and 461 cases of Frontline Workers.

A total of 64,002 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and results of 62,986 samples have been received. In addition, a total 34,208 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat and results of 34,182 samples have been received. Through Rapid Antigen Test 4,397 samples have been tested, informed principal secretary Home Abhijit Sinha

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