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Dimapur, July 2: Two frontline workers on COVID-19 duty in Kohima, including a driver, have tested positive for COVID-19.
A medical professional informed Nagaland Page that a female worker and a male driver, both involved in quarantine management duties at Bethel Kitchen (NBCC Convention Hall) have tested positive. “We have started contact tracing, and those people who are to be quarantined have already been put in quarantine (sic),” he said.
Apprehension had gripped the state capital with rumours about frontline workers testing positive going viral over WhatsApp, but Government officials remained tight-lipped throughout the day. A particular message which went viral on WhatsApp in the afternoon claimed that a cook from the NBCC Convention Hall (Bethel Kitchen) and “one driver of Seyie Gas Distributor” had tested positive.
But the general manager of Seyie Gas Service Kohima later in the evening clarified that the driver was not employed with the gas agency. “The said driver willingly and selflessly volunteered as a driver for COVID-19 duty for some few days”, he said, adding as per the standard operating procedure, “he is being treated at COVID hospital.”
It was only late Thursday evening that the District Task Force Kohima finally confirmed the news through a brief press statement.
The DTF Kohima said “aggressive contact tracing is on, and more than 115 primary and secondary contacts have been traced so far.” Fifteen test results of primary contacts have come out negative, and more samples have been sent for testing to BSL3 Lab. It also confirmed that all close contacts are in quarantine and that more samples are being collected after contact tracing.
The Kohima District Task Force had initiated the COVID-19 Community Kitchen, christened ‘Bethel Kitchen’ with the support of the Kohima Baptist Pastors’ Fellowship to provide food for the three quarantine centres in Kohima. Every day one church in Kohima takes over the preparation of breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the inmates of the quarantine centres.
(Page News Service)