COVID-19 update in Nagaland

Kohima: With 12 more persons recovering from COVID-19 on Thursday evening, the recovery rate in the state now stands at 46%. The total number of recovered cases is 160 in the state so far.

Nagaland has so far recorded 355 confirmed cases of COVID-19, of which 160 persons have recovered and 195 are active cases. No COVID-19 related death has been reported in the state.

While the state reported the first cases of COVID-19 on May 25, the first recovery cases were reported on June 6. Speaking about the increase in the number of recovered cases, Dr Vizolie Suokhrie said that around 90% of the COVID-19 patients are between 20-44 years and are in the most energetic stage of life and without comorbidity.

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Therefore, recovery rate is expected to be much faster and that is the advantage, said Suokhrie. Terming the recovery rate as “great”, he expressed hope that all positive patients will recover fast. Dr Suokhrie further said that the COVID-19 positive patients are been administered with Vitamin-C and Zinc as most of them are asymptomatic.

Brushing off speculations about COVID-19 patients being tested as false positive, Dr Atoshe Sema, Additional Project Director of NHP said “Let us not doubt the result of the truenat or the BSL tests”.

He reminded that the testing method is approved and has been permitted by the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR). He said that there should be no doubt about the efficacy or sensitivity of the tests that are done in the district levels. He further said that there should no room for doubt that tests turn as ‘false positive’.

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Addressing a press conference, Dr Nyanthung Kikon, state nodal officer for IDSP,also cited an example of how persons with cancer patients who were infected with COVID-19 has also recovered from it. He added that COVID-19 is also like any other flu-like illness and is a self limiting disease.

Dr Kikon also revealed that around 80% of the patients who have recovered from COVID-19 have been discharged from the COVID-19 hospitals. Even as recovered patients are being released from the COVID-19 hospitals as per the discharge policy, he said that there is some delay in releasing patients to the other districts due to certain formalities.

Taking to twitter, health minister S Pangnyu Phom wrote: “Update! 12 more patients have been recovered from COVID-19. 8 from Dimapur, 2 from Kohima & 2 from Peren.”

In a daily briefing, principal secretary Home Abhijit Sinha informed that a total of 10,962 samples have been tested and out of which 7,369 sample results have been received at the BSL-3 lab in Kohima (NHAK). Out of the 7396 samples, a total of 6,252 samples, 296 samples have tested positive.

A total of 3,672 samples have also been tested by Truenat out of which 44 samples have tested positive and sent for confirmation by RT-PCR. 3,098 samples have tested negative and the results of 522 samples are awaited.

A total of 5,879 persons are presently under Facility Quarantine, Sinha informed.

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