Kohima: With a decline in COVID-19 cases over the past weeks, which has also led to a decrease in the patients requiring hospitalisation, the Nagaland government has revoked its decision on reserving 50% bed capacity in private hospitals to treat COVID-19 patients.

In early May this year, the state government had ordered all private hospitals to provide treatment to COVID-19 patients as per the Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) and reserve at least 50% of the bed capacity of the normal wards and the ICU available with the private hospitals for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

On Tuesday, the state government informed that the matter was discussed in the State Level COVID-19 War Room, and it felt that the number of beds available in government hospitals and dedicated COVID Hospitals is sufficient to meet the requirements at present for treatment of COVID-19 patients.

Keeping this in view, the mandatory reservation of beds in private hospitals may not be required. Therefore, the direction to reserve 50% of the bed capacity available with the private hospitals has been revoked till further orders.

The state has reported a total of 25,619 COVID-19 cases, with 60 new cases on Tuesday. Out of the total, 23,271 are recovered cases, 1134 are active cases. 489 COVID-19 related deaths have also been reported in the state so far.

Among the active cases, 987 are asymptomatic, 94 are mild symptomatic, 26 are moderate on oxygen, 14 are severe on oxygen, 6 are severe in ICU without ventilator and 7 are severe in ICU on a ventilator.

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