Kohima, August 6: Nagaland’s capital today recorded 22 fresh cases of COVID-19, including a legislator of the ruling party and 19 support staff and security personnel, pushing the confirmed cases in Kohima district to 561.
Among the 22 cases detected today, one is a returnee, two care contact tracing, including the MLA while 19 are support staff and security personnel of at least three legislators, informed State Nodal Officer for IDSP Dr Nyan Kikon.
All positive patients in Kohima are asymptomatic, which includes the two legislators, he said.
The positive persons in others category in the state’s COVID tally relates to security personnel and support staff of the VIPs and Legislators and they are not among traced contacts, he said.
Retrospective contact tracing will take place and for many of them the epidemiological link, he said.
Meanwhile, Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom took to twitter declaring that some of his supporting staff, 2 bodyguards and 4 house guards have been detected COVID-19 positive.
“Have taken necessary precautionary measures and my official residence has been sealed as per the SOPs. I will be under self isolation, however will continue to work from home,” the Minister tweeted.
On other hand, Deputy Chief Minister Y Patton had also tweeted saying “I’ve received my third test result for #COVID19 today, and it is negative. I’m extremely thankful to the frontline workers for their sacrifices, dedication and hard work to keep us all safe during this pandemic.”
Nonetheless, sources revealed following his OSD (Security) and some other security personnel testing positive for infection today, the Deputy CM has put himself into self isolation.
Among the 561 confirmed cases in Kohima, 405 are active while 155 have recovered and one has migrated to another state.
Meanwhile, the State capital is on the 13th day of the extended total lockdown. It was enforced from July 25 and will come to end on Friday.
Decisions on continuation or calling off the total lockdown would be taken during tomorrow’s meeting of the Kohima District Task Force, sources said.
Since first detection of COVID-19 patient from among the quarantined Chennai returnees on May 25 till the eve of total lockdown on July 24, Kohima had a total of 299 confirmed cases but during this 13 days of total lockdown, there has been a jump of 261 positive cases. (Page News Service)