Nagaland’s first COVID-19 case tested positive in Assam Credit: Representational image

Kohima: With no new positive case of coronavirus (COVID-19) reported from Nagaland, the state government informed that 184 persons have been tested so far and 174 samples have resulted negative as of 6 pm on Wednesday. While seven samples have been sent on Wednesday, a total of 10 samples are still awaited.

The health department, in an update, reiterated that the patient from Dimapur who tested positive for COVID-19 has been “added to the tally of Assam as sampling was done there”, and that the patient is admitted at Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH) in Guwahati.

In a briefing on Wednesday, principal home secretary Abhijit Sinha informed that 18 tonnes of materials for BSL-3 Lab construction at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) is expected to be delivered on Thursday morning through an Indian Air Force (IAF) aircraft depending on weather conditions.

Sinha also informed that nine persons violated the lockdown order in the state. Due to the violations, four persons were bound down under Cr PC 106/107 and five persons were bound down under non FIR bond of remedial steps against the violations.

With the chief secretary’s order on extending lockdown in the state till May 3, Sinha said that the measures are crucial in preventing and containing the spread of COVID-19 in the state. He further appealed for the collective efforts and cooperation of every section of the society for combating COVID-19.

Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, minister for health and family welfare S Pangnyu Phom brushed off a fake social media viral message saying: “The circulation in social media, that a lady nurse from Zion Hospital # Diphupar,Dimapur who attended the first COVID-19 patient was tested positive is baseless. Her first sample testing is Negative & kept under quarantine for second test”.

An update from the DIPR said that in the wake of fake news and information in social media causing panic and misinformation among the public, DC Dimapur Anoop Khimchi has issued an order that anyone involved in creating or spreading false information through any means will be penalized under Section 54 of the Disaster Management Act 2005, IT Act 2008 and Section 188 of the IPC.

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