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Kohima: Four more deaths that were under investigation in the state have been confirmed as due to COVID-19 on Saturday. The deaths in Nagaland are certified by the state death committee as per ICMR and WHO ICD 10 guidelines.

Nagaland has reported 28 deaths, 21 confirmed as due to COVID-19, six deaths are COVID-19 positive but not due to COVID-19, and one is under investigation.

As per the health department, multiple comorbidities are associated with a single patient. Deaths with comorbidities comprise 84%, and the most common comorbidities are hypertension and diabetes mellitus.

The state also reported 94 new COVID-19 positive cases on Saturday taking the state’s tally to 7,698. Among the new cases, 23 are from Kohima, 55 are from Dimapur, two are from Mokokchung, nine are from Mon, two are from Peren and three are from Zunheboto.

The health department informed that there has been a gradual increase in cases after the third week of September. The positivity rate for the past week is 16.2 %, which is the highest as of date.

Out of the total positive cases reported in the state, 6,076 patients have recovered, and 1,529 are active cases. As per the severity of symptoms among the active cases, 1,469 active cases are asymptomatic, 43 active cases are mild, 12 active cases are moderate on oxygen, one active case is severe on oxygen, two active cases are critical with oxygen, and two active cases are on ventilators.

Fever (81%) and cough (53%) are the most common reported symptoms in the state among COVID-19 cases.

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Classification of positive cases

Further, out of 7,698 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people are: 3,436 cases of Armed Forces/Police, 1,597 cases of returnees, 2,284 of traced contacts and 381 of frontline workers.

In Nagaland, 97% of all tests have been done by RT-PCR (BSL-2/3 and Truenat).

It is for the first time that the state’s sample positivity rate is higher than that of the country. The percentage of traced contacts among confirmed cases also increased from 7% in July to 56% by mid-October.

The current positivity rate in the state is 8.5%.

Distribution of active cases and sampling

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