Kohima: There’s a sigh of relief for Nagaland, as no new positive case has been reported in the state in the past 24 hours, after a total of 43 new COVID-19 cases were reported from May 25 to 31.
Taking to Twitter, health minister S Pangyu Phom wrote: “Update! No positive case of COVID-19 reported in 24 hours. Active case : 43 Recovered : 0 Death : 0 Update at 07:45 am, 1st June, 2020”.
Till Sunday, 2,576 samples were sent for testing, of which 43 were positive, 1,019 samples awaited and the rest tested negative. Through the Truenat testing machines, a total of 86 samples were sent for testing, of which 82 tested negative. The results of four samples are awaited.
Of the 43 COVID-19 active cases, 25 are from Dimapur, 13 from Kohima and five from Tuensang. A total of 4,057 persons are currently under facility quarantine.
On Sunday, Phom had tweeted: “Have talked with the COVID-19 +ve patients over the phone, who are undergoing treatment at different hospitals to motivate & seek any grievances they are facing. Have assured to extend all our support & care for their well being. Wishing all a speedy recovery. No To Stigma”.
Principal secretary home Abhijit Sinha also informed that all COVID-19 positive patients are kept under medical observation at the designated COVID-19 hospitals and active surveillance is being carried out to prevent further spreading of the infection.
Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) activated as COVID-19 Hospital
Meanwhile, Dr Thorhusie Katiry, managing director of Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), passed an order on Sunday to activate the hospital as a COVID-19 hospital in “view of Chedema COVID19 Hospital nearing its full capacity”. The order will begin with effect from June 1.
Katiry informed that the decision was made in pursuance of an emergency meeting held on Sunday at the Directorate of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland which was chaired by the principal director.
In this regard, all OPD services under this establishment will cease to function till further orders, he added.
Chronological record of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland
The first COVID-19 cases were detected in the state on May 25 when three persons — two men and one woman — who returned from the Shramik special train from Chennai in Tamil Nadu on May 22, tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Two were from Dimapur and one from Kohima.
On May 26, another Chennai returnee tested positive for COVID-19 in Kohima. Later on May 27, five positive cases were reported in the state, out of which four were from Dimapur and one from Tuensang.
Nine new COVID-19 cases were reported on May 28 out of which six were from Dimapur and three from Tuensang and on May 29, seven COVID-19 positive cases were reported of which two were from Dimapur, four from Kohima and one from Tuensang.
On May 30, 11 new COVID-19 cases were reported of which eight were from Dimapur and three from Kohima. The next day, seven more Chennai returnees tested positive for COVID-19, out of which four were from Kohima & three at Dimapur.