Kohima: Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio on Tuesday announced that in view of the rise in COVID-19 cases in the state, a new, full-fledged 176-bed COVID-19 hospital will be established in Dimapur.

The CM made the announcement in a video message to the people of the state. “Within weeks, we will be establishing a new full-fledged 176-bed COVID-19 hospital in Dimapur,” he said.

Rio also informed that emergency care facility for the medical fraternity in the state will also be set up.

The chief minister said that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has reached the state with the number of COVID-19 positive cases increasing, even with several patients having succumbed to the disease.

Rio added that during these extraordinary times, there is a need for all people to come together and work as one. “Our state needs all of us to pull all our forces together and do every possible action in order to combat the challenges that lie ahead,” he said.

Rio appealed all sections of society — the church organisations, tribal hohos, civil society organisations, political parties and NGOs — to rise to the occasion and be members of ‘Team Nagaland’ for the sake of the people.

The chief minister then assured that the state government is making all efforts to protect and care for the citizens.

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Meanwhile, on Monday, 273 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the state which took the state tally to 18,349. The death toll increased to 205 after seven more COVID-19 patients succumbed to the disease.

As many as 104 patients also recovered from COVID-19 increasing the total number of recovered cases in the state to 13,299.

The state’s current active case tally is 4,253 of which 3,876 are asymptomatic, 180 are mild symptomatic, 78 are moderate on oxygen, 79 are severe on oxygen, 23 are severe in ICU without ventilator and 17 are severe in ICU on ventilator.

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