Kohima: COVID-19 positive case among children aged 0-10 years is witnessing a gradual increase in Nagaland over the past weeks. A total of 155 new cases have been detected among the age group within three weeks, as per the latest data provided by the state’s health department.

So far, the total number of children who tested positive for COVID-19 within the age group is 826. Out of this total, 360 cases were reported in 2020 and 466 cases were reported in 2021—an increase by 1% this year.

However, no COVID-19 deaths have been reported among the age group. The health department informed that there is COVID-19 casualty among children below the age of 14. In the past three weeks, 374 new cases were reported among the age group 11-20 years, 684 cases among 21-30 years, 708 cases among 31-40 years, 447 cases among 41-50 years, 295 cases among 51-60 years, and 219 cases among 61-99 years.

Overall, the health department informed that COVID-19 positive cases continue to decrease for the fourth consecutive week. It informed that the COVID-19 deaths also declined for the third week, especially in Dimapur and Kohima. 22 COVID-19 deaths have been reported in the past week.

Out of the total number of COVID-19 deaths reported in the state till Friday, the highest number of deaths is among the age group 45-59 years (141), followed by 30-44 years (121), 60-74 years (120), above 75 years (58) and 15-29 years (13), as per the weekly bulletin.

The COVID-19 death toll increased to 454 after one more patient succumbed to the COVID-19 on Saturday. So far, COVID-19 deaths have not been reported in the districts of Peren and Longleng. It may be noted that for COVID-19 data reporting, the Noklak district is covered under Tuensang district as there is no separate surveillance unit yet for the district as per the health department.

The weekly sample positivity rate showed that Kiphire district has an increase of 1% in the past week while Kohima district (12%) and Phek (7%) maintained the same rate.

There has been a decline in the weekly positivity rate as for other districts. Despite a drop by 6%, the positivity rate in Mokokchung is the highest among all districts at 22%. The positivity rate in the state as of Friday is 8%, a decline of 5% in the past week.

Minister for Health & Family Welfare S Pangnyu Phom during a COVID-19 review meeting with the District Tasks Force, Civil Societies and Churches at DC’s office complex in Longleng on Saturday stated that the ongoing lockdown will continue in the state till the COVID-19 case is below 5%.

Phom informed that at present positivity rate in Nagaland is 9.3%. The addition of 94 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday increased the total number of confirmed cases in Nagaland to 24,191. The current active case is 1,979. So far, a total of 21,058 patients recovered in the state.

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