The weekly COVID-19 positivity rate in Nagaland rose from 8% last week to 9% this week, according to data provided by the state health and family welfare department. The state detected 662 new COVID-19 cases in the past seven days out of 7,037 samples tested.

The data provided by the health and family welfare department in its weekly bulletin is from June 19-25. As reported earlier, the state’s health minister had announced that the existing lockdown in Nagaland will continue till the positivity rate drops below 5%.

As per the district-wise breakout, the weekly positivity rate in the Mokokchung district, which recorded the highest in the past week, dropped to 13% this week from 22%. The weekly positivity rate also declined in Tuensang (6%) and Kiphire (7%).

However, the positivity rate in Kohima (13%), Peren (12%), Phek (9%), Mon (9%), Longleng (9%), Wokha (8%), Dimapur (7%), and Zunheboto (7%) has increased over the week. This means that the district wise positivity rate is all above the 5% mark. Last week, the positivity rate in Zunheboto (3%), Mon (4%), Wokha (4%), and Longleng (5%) was 5% and below.

Mon district reported a superspreader event from a prison where a positivity rate of 40% was detected. “The high infectivity of SARS COV 2 in closed spaces with poor ventilation and crowding’ is again highlighted by this event,” the health department alarmed.

It informed that all super spreader events were reported from closed crowded spaces. In this regard, it advised the need to maintain maximum precautions in closed spaces.

The state also reported 14 COVID-19 deaths over the week, the lowest weekly death toll in 8 weeks. The health department informed that the 7-day moving average of new cases has also reduced to 84 from 305 cases during the peak of the second wave.

Most of the positive cases in 2021 were found in the 21–30-year age group at 28%. The highest number of deaths were reported from the 45–59-year age group at 32%.

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