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5 districts’ weekly positivity rate still above 5%


Nagaland registered 17 deaths and 623 new cases this week
DIMAPUR, JULY 3: As Nagaland takes its first tentative steps towards unlocking restrictions forced by the COVID-19 pandemic this week, the State Health Department’s data showed that weekly positivity rate remained above the prescribed 5% for lifting of lockdowns.

As per the Health Department’s weekly COVID bulletin, the State’s weekly sample positivity rate (from June 26 to July 2) was still at 7%. Though the figure is a climb-down from the previous week’s rate of 9%, it is still at least 2% above the recommended rate for lifting of lockdown.
A more worrying marker in the weekly bulletin is the increase in sample positivity rates at Kohima and Mokokchung, compared to their respective records the previous week.
At Mokokchung, the positivity rate this week was 19%, which is an alarming climb of 6% from the previous week’s rate of 13%. The corresponding figure for Kohima this week was 15%, an increase of 2% from the previous week’s figure of 13%.
Three other districts registered weekly positivity rates above 5% ~ Peren with 9%, Wokha with 7% and Dimapur with 6%.
The monthly sample positivity rate for June was 10%, a cutback of 7% compared to May’s positivity rate of 17%.
Overall, Nagaland registered 17 deaths and 623 new cases in the week that ended on July 2. Three districts had triple-digit new cases ~ Kohima with 200, Dimapur with 147, and Mokokchung with 116. All three of them were higher than the previous week’s respective numbers.
Longleng was the only district without a new case the week. In all, 8809 samples were tested during the week.
Nagaland also detected 93 cases of Delta variant, which is said to be more infectiousness and highly transmissible in crowded and closed spaces.
“Covavin and Covishield vaccines are still very effective against severe disease, hospitalisation or death by the Delta variant. Only minimal loss has been observed”, the Department stated.
Also, till July 2, the State has administered 5.26 lakh vaccine doses.

Out of all the positive cases reported in 2021, 43% has been from Dimapur, followed by Kohima (30%) and Mokokchung (9%).
According to the Department, 21 to 30 year age group has the maximum positive cases at 27%. “This signifies the role of the young people in transmission of the virus. Maximum deaths have been observed in the 30-44 and 60-74 age groups”, it stated.
As of July 2, there were 1280 active cases in Nagaland. So far, the death toll is 484.
(Page News Service)