Kohima: Nagaland reported another single highest -day spike in the state on Saturday after 138 new cases of COVID-19 were detected in the state. While 130 new cases were reported earlier, another eight persons tested positive for COVID-19 on Saturday evening.
Earlier during the day, 109 new cases from Dimapur and 21 new cases from Kohima were reported taking the state’s tally to 1823. However, with eight more positive cases from Dimapur, a total of 117 new cases were detected in Dimapur on Saturday. With the addition of the new cases, Dimapur has reported a total of 821 positive cases out of which 647 are active cases, 167 are recovered cases, six are death cases and one is migrated.
Out of the 138 fresh cases reported on Saturday, 30 are returnees, 57 are armed forces, 16 are frontline workers, 34 are traced contacts and one other has tested positive for COVID-19.
The state’s tally soared to 1831 positive cases as on Saturday. Out of the total confirmed cases, 927 are returnees, 623 are armed forces, 134 are frontline workers, 115 are traced contacts and 32 others which include cases related to the Nagaland Legislative Assembly and patients excluding returnees.
Meanwhile, another five persons have recovered from COVID-19 on Saturday. Out of the five new recovered cases, three are from Kohima district, and one each is from Peren and Zunheboto districts.
The COVID-19 status in Nagaland as on Saturday is:
One each from Kohima and Dimapur have migrated to Rajasthan and Kerela. While six deaths have been reported from Dimapur, only four deaths are confirmed as due to COVID-19. One death is COVID-19 positive but not due to Covid-19. One death had co-morbidities and tested COVID-19 positive and the cause of death is still under investigation.
As per the severity of symptoms out of the 1183 active cases, 1181 active cases are asymptomatic, one active case from Kohima is mild symptomatic and one active case from Kohima is critical in ICU with oxygen.
As per the weekly bulletin of the health department, the testing rate in the state is till July 31 was 17.24 per thousand population as against 14.37 in the country. The youngest patient is a one-year old baby while the oldest is 94 years of age.
The recovery rate is lower than the country’s average. According to the medical department, this can be explained by the fact that most states do not have a retest policy before discharge. Nagaland’s discharge policy still mandates a negative result before discharge even for asymptomatic and mild cases.
A total of 8,892 contacts have been traced from contact tracing by the surveillance teams till July 31 and the Positivity rate is 4.51 % as against the country’s rate of 8.76%.