Kohima, December 28: In the wake of the emergence of a mutated strain of the virus in the UK, all persons who have come to Nagaland after December 20 have been asked to report to their district-level coronavirus task forces for compulsory COVID-19 testing, a senior health official said on Monday.
“Those arriving after the issuance of this circular are to self declare at the point of entry, inform their respective district task forces and self isolate themselves for standard testing protocols,” Principal Director of Health and Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Z. Suokhrie, said in a press release.
In a separate order, Dr Suokhrie stated that strategies have to be put with immediate effect to detect and contain the mutant virus.
According to the order, all passengers who had arrived from UK After December 20 are to be tracked by the ISDP State Surveillance Units (SSU) and District Surveillance Units (DSUs). Testing as per ICMR guidelines of these passengers are to be done.
If found positive, samples of all positive cases are to be sent for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGSW).
Dr Suokhrie said enhanced contact tracing of these positive cases is to be undertaken and all these contact are to be put in facility quarantine. Discharge of positive cases would be done after ensuring two samples testing negative after 14 days.
Five percent of all positive cases from the state would be sent for WGS, he stated.
Covid recovery rate improves to all time high 96.19%
Meanwhile, Nagaland today reported more COVID-19 recoveries than detection of new cases amidst confirmed cases standing at 11,911.
“14 +ve cases of #COVID-19 have been detected today. Mokokchung- 5, Peren- 3, Dimapur- Kiphire- Kohima- 2 each. 20 +ve patients have recovered. Kohima- Mokokchung- 6 each, Dimapur- 5, Tuensang- 3,” said Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet.
The caseload includes 11,458 recovered persons and 243 active patients, said Director of Health and Family Welfare Department Dr Denis Hangsing in the daily COVID-19 bulletin.
With 20 patients recuperated from the infection during the last 24 hours, Nagaland’s recovery rate has further improved to all time high at 96.19% from Sunday’s 96.14%, he said.
Demise of an infected patient in Mokokchung district has increased the death toll to 79, out of which 10 had comorbid conditions, he said
A total of 131 patients have migrated to other states, he said.
The district wise distribution of confirmed cases is Dimapur (6,389), Kohima (3,709), Mon (603), Peren (502), Tuensang (244), Mokokchung (177), Zunheboto (142), Phek (47), Kiphire (41), Wokha (39) and Longleng (18).
Out of the confirmed cases, 4,861 are Traced Contacts, 4,649 are armed forces personnel, 1,835 returnees from other States and 566 frontline workers, he said.
The district wise active cases are Dimapur (97), Kohima (81), Mokokchung (45), Peren (8), Kiphire (6), Mon (3), and Phek (3).
Among the active cases, 18 patients are with mild and moderate symptoms, one is severe on oxygen and four are on ventilator, he said.
Altogether 220 persons are asymptomatic, he said.
The recovered persons are Dimapur (6,169), Kohima (3,579), Mon (589), Peren (493), Tuensang (243), Zunheboto (139), Mokokchung (124), Phek (44), Wokha (35), Kiphire (34) and Longleng (9).
So far, a total of 1,19,858 suspected COVID-19 samples have been tested in Nagaland, including 72,362 through RT-PCR, 36,685 on TrueNat and 10,811 on Rapid Antigen Test, said Dr Hangsing. (Page News Service)