Kohima: Another 93 persons from Nagaland tested positive for COVID-19 on Sunday. With this, the total number of confirmed cases of COVID-19 has touched 2,781 in the state.
Out of the new reported cases, 62 persons are from Dimapur, 20 are from Kohima, eight from Peren, two from Mon and one from Zunheboto.
The 93 new cases were declared as COVID-19 positive out of 800 samples that were tested. Nagaland health minister S Pangnyu Phom informed that contact tracing has been activated and all primary contacts are put under isolation.
With the addition of the new cases, Dimapur currently has 1,183 active cases, Kohima has 430 active cases, Mon has 166 active cases, Zunheboto has 59 active cases and Peren has 11 active cases.
Meanwhile, taking to Twitter, Phom wrote: “COVID-19 Report!
Out of 800 samples tested, 93 new +ve cases have been detected.
62 in Dimapur, 20 in Kohima, 8 in Peren, 2 in Mon & 1 in Zunheboto. Contact tracing is fully put in force & all primary contacts are kept under self isolation to avoid further transmission”.
On Saturday, a total of 69 new recovered cases were reported. Out of the new recovered cases, 51 were from Dimapur, 10 from Kohima, two from Mokokchung, five from Phek and one from Wokha. With this the number of recovered cases increased to 893.
The present COVID-19 status is:
Death: 7 (One death is COVID-19 positive but is not due to COVID-19)
Till Saturday, a total of 1,056 returnees, 1,184 armed forces personnel, 189 frontline workers, 205 traced contacts and 54 others have tested positive for COVID-19.
According to the health and family welfare, the testing rate per thousand for the State is 19.98, higher than the country’s average of 17.36. There are two BSL labs and 29 Truenat machines (Highest in North East Region) in the State.
The state is also using Rapid Antigen Tests for emergency settings and private hospitals have been allowed to use the same. The BSL-2 lab in Tuensang is expected to be functional soon.
In the past week, the positivity rate in the state has increased from 4.51% to 6.11%, although it still lower than the country’s rate of 8.93%. In the past one week, the state tested 6,016 samples and 964 positive cases were detected.
The positivity rate for the week is 16 % as compared to 8%, the week before. The state has tested 43,911 samples as of August 7. The current doubling time in the state is 18 days. The doubling time for India is 21 days.
COVID-19 deaths in Nagaland:
The State Death Review/Audit Committee has reviewed and confirmed six deaths as COVID-19 deaths. The number of deaths is further subject to change as per advisory from the MoHFW or NCDC Delhi, said the medical department.
Out of six COVID Deaths, five cases have severe comorbidity like diabetes, hypertension, Tuberculosis, chronic heart and liver diseases. 5/6 or 83% of cases are due to comorbidities in Nagaland. People with comorbidities are among the most high-risk groups for COVID-19
Out of the six confirmed deaths, five are males and one is female. Three cases are below 55 years of age. For classifying a death as covid-19 death, the state and District Death Committee’s are to establish a correlation as per ICD-10 and ICMR protocols.
The medical department assured that the ultimate goal should be to protect the high-risk groups (People with comorbidities and old age).