Kohima: A COVID-19 super-spreader event has been reported in Nagaland after 24 out of 46 persons tested positive for the coronavirus after attending a funeral service in Mokokchung district with a positivity rate of 57%, the state’s health and family welfare department said.

Nagaland health department on Saturday warned that super-spreader events are the main drivers of the COVID-19 pandemic and maximum precautions should be taken to minimise them.

It warned that any social gathering is a high-risk event and that the community should strictly follow preventive measures at funerals.

The department advised that a limited number of people as per the state SOP, which permits 50 people for funerals, wearing of double masks and maintaining physical distance and washing of hands should be strictly enforced.

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Unavoidable services should be held in an open space or an area with adequate natural ventilation, it advised. It added that gatherings to the extent possible must be avoided or practice staggering of timings if visits are unavoidable.

It further warned that high risk individuals should avoid any social gathering.

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