Kohima, May 8: Nagaland on Saturday recorded 9 COVID-19 deaths, even though the entry in the Health Department’s daily update read 15 fatalities.
According to State Immunization Officer Dr Nyanthung Kikon, the 15 deaths were cumulative entries: 9 fatalities on May 8; 3 on May 7; 1 on May 6; and 2 on May 5.
Asked about the delayed entries, he said that death that death reports are first sent to the Death Review Committee. “Then, they forward to us,” he informed.
With the 15 entries on Saturday, the death toll in Nagaland climbed to 137, out of which 10 had co-morbidities.
The State also recorded another highest single-day spike of 333 new COVID-19 cases, as the caseload reached 15,913.
The previous highest single-day spike since the detection of the first three cases on May 25 was 310 on September 11, 2020, which was breached today.
“333 positive cases of COVID-19 reported today. Dimapur-204, Kohima-116, Mokokchung-6, Mon-4, Tuensang- Peren- Longleng-1 each. 19 positive patients have recovered. Dimapur-14, Kohima-4, Mokokchung-1,” said Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet.
The caseload includes 12,559 recovered patients and 2,711 active patients, he said.
The recovery rate in the State, which had gone up to 97.98 percent on March 19 last, has further come down to 78.92 percent, said Dr Nyanthung Kikon.
A total of 506 patients have migrated to other States, he informed.
So far, a total of 1,63,892 suspected COVID-19 samples have been tested in Nagaland. It includes 80,943 on RT-PCR, 50,124 on TrueNat and 32,825 on Rapid Antigen Test, he said.
Meanwhile, as of Saturday, Nagaland has administered a total of 2,25,285 doses of COVID-19 vaccines to 1,77,040 persons, said State Immunization Officer Dr Ritu Thurr.
Out of the total persons vaccinated in the State, 51,690 are frontline workers, 14,992 are healthcare professionals and 1,10,358 are people above 45 years and senior citizens, he said.
A total of 48,245 beneficiaries have received the second dose of vaccine, completing the full course of vaccination. They include 26,483 frontline workers, 9,970 healthcare workers and 11,792 persons above 45 years and senior citizens, said Dr Thurr. (Page News Service)