Kohima: COVID-19 cases continue to witness a decline in Nagaland. For two consecutive days, no new cases of COVID-19 have been detected. The state’s tally for total confirmed cases stands at 12,191, with 18 active cases as of Saturday.

Of the active cases, 16 are from Kohima, and two are from Dimapur. After a steady decline, the number of cases in Kohima spiked when 839 persons were tested for COVID-19 to attend the recently concluded Assembly, of which 38 tested positive.

Among the total active cases, one from Dimapur is mild symptomatic, and the remaining are all asymptomatic. Two more patients also recovered from COVID-19 on Saturday, taking the total number of recovered cases to 11,930.

With no active cases, the districts of Mon, Phek, Tuensang, Kiphire, Peren, Zunheboto, Mokokchung, Longleng, and Wokha continue to remain COVID-19 free. For the health and family welfare department’s data reporting, Noklak is covered under Tuensang district as there is no separate surveillance unit yet for the district.

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Despite the decline in the number of COVID-19 cases, three more COVID-19 deaths have been reported this week after no reported deaths for a month. The death toll in the state is now at 81. The health department informed that hypertension and diabetes are the most commonly associated comorbidities among the deaths.

Overall, the state’s positivity rate is high at 9.5%. As per the data by the health department, traced contacts comprise 41% of the positive cases. Among traced contacts, the positivity rate among household contacts are at 29 per cent, government employees at 24 per cent, and students at 19 per cent. The positivity rate among symptomatic/ pre-op screening/Self-test/ travel purposes coming to Flu clinics also remains high at 16%.

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