Monthly testing and positivity rate data Credit: Department of Health and Family Welfare

Kohima: Although Nagaland is now witnessing a decline in the COVID-19 positivity rate, symptomatic cases are steadily increasing in the state.

The sample positivity rate in Nagaland remains one of the highest in the country, according to the latest data revealed by the health department. The weekly sample positivity rate declined to 3 per cent, but the overall sample positivity rate remains high at 9.8 per cent.

As per the health department, symptomatic cases among active cases increased from 1 per cent in July 2020 to 24 per cent as of the past week. The assessment showed that the high percentage of symptomatic cases points to undetected asymptomatic cases in the community.

There has also been a slight increase in the mortality rate at 0.61 per cent in the past week. The total number of COVID-19 deaths increased to 74. Of these, 58 per cent of deaths are below 60 years, and most cases are related to co-morbidities with the most common comorbidities being Diabetes & Hypertension. The most commonly affected age group is 40-49 and 30-39-year age groups.

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Sector-wise categorization of total confirmed cases

The health department also informed that the positivity rate among household contacts at 29 per cent continue to remain more than the office goers at 23 per cent and among students at 19 per cent. The positivity rate among symptomatic, pre-op screening, travel purposes visiting flu clinics without a history of contact also remains high at 14 per cent.

As per the age distribution of the total COVID-19 cases, 4 per cent are below 14 years, 32 per cent are from 15-29 years, 46 per cent are from 30-44 years, 15 per cent are from 45-59 years, and 3 per cent are above 60 years.

As per the health department, the most common symptoms are fever and cough. It informed that a crucial factor in community transmission is that infected individuals not experiencing symptoms can still transmit the virus. At 13.2 per cent, Dimapur records the highest positivity rate, followed by Kohima at 10.4 per cent and Peren with 8.6 per cent. The remaining districts are below 7 per cent.

On Saturday, 11 fresh cases of COVID-19 were detected in the state taking the state’s tally to 11,975. A total of 112 are active cases, and 11,639 are recovered cases. Of the active case, 90 are asymptomatic, 12 are mild symptomatic, five are moderate on oxygen, one is severe on oxygen, two are critical in ICU with oxygen and two are critical in ICU without oxygen.

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