Kohima: In a first, five frontline workers have been infected with COVID-19 while in the line of duty. While one person is a health care worker from Kohima, four others are bus drivers from Kohima and Dimapur.
Revealing this at a press conference, principal director of health and family welfare Dr Vizolie Suokhrie said that the health care worker from Kohima is a receptionist at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) COVID-19 hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday morning.
He informed that contact tracing has been done and the locality in which the health care worker resides has been declared as a containment zone. Dr Nyanthung Kikon, state nodal officer for IDSP informed that the patient has been admitted to the COVID-19 hospital and the family of the health care worker has been shifted to a facility quarantine.
Out of the four bus drivers, two were tested positive for COVID-19 on Thursday and other two were detected as positive on Wednesday. Dr Kikon informed that one of the bus drivers is from the government sector and the rest three are from the private sector.
While bus drivers have been actively engaging in transporting returnees to the various districts, the drivers are being quarantined in a government designated facility without having to go home.
A security personal from Mon district was also tested as positive in the Truenat machine and therefore the sample has been sent for confirmation from the RT PCR machine test, the result for which is yet to be received.
Dr Kikon said that the contact tracing is done and the fellow companions of this person are also put in quarantine.