Kohima: The state’s health department on Saturday notified an urgent need for high-risk groups—senior citizens and those with comorbidities—to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. It said senior citizens above 60 and those with comorbidities between 45-59 years of age have been prioritised, as they are at the highest risk of infection, severe disease, or death.

Nagaland has reported 81 COVID-19-related deaths so far. 84 % of Covid-19 deaths are associated with comorbidities. The data on COVID-19 deaths indicate hypertension, diabetes, chronic kidney, and liver diseases as the most common associated diseases with COVID-19 deaths.

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“The high risk need to be protected as early as possible. The earlier the vaccine, the safer is the individual,” the health department notified through the weekly bulletin. Multiple comorbidities are also associated with a single case.

As per the data, 58% of deaths in the state are below 60 years, and the most commonly affected age group is 40-49 and 30-39-year age groups. 73% of the deaths reported are male.

As of Saturday, 98 persons between 45-59 years with comorbidities and 826 persons above the age of 60 years have been vaccinated in the state. This is besides 25,143 frontline workers and 10,518 healthcare workers who have been vaccinated so far.

The current positivity rate in Nagaland is 9.3%. A total of 12,211 cases of COVID-19 has been confirmed in Nagaland and the active cases are at 15 with 11,952 recovered cases.

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