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COVID-19: Nagaland’s weekly sample positivity rate spikes twofold


DIMAPUR, FEBRUARY 6: In the week that ended on February 5, Nagaland recorded 38 fresh COVID-19 cases as the weekly sample positivity rate doubled from 2% to 4%.

As per the Health Department weekly COVID bulletin, 24 out of the 38 cases were traced contacts, 10 armed forces/security personnel and 4 travellers.
For the third week in a row, Nagaland registered no COVID fatalities.
The State’s overall positivity rate of 9.65% was significantly higher than the national median of 5.40%. However, Nagaland’s recovery rate of 97.48% was marginally better than the national average of 97.16%.
The mortality rate was 0.64% against the national rate of 1.43%.
Path to immunity
According to the department, going back to the safety of normal lives will need immunity of the population as early as possible through vaccines.
“The COVID-19 pandemic is expected to go on for years unless vaccines boost up the immunity in the population. The threat may not be felt by the general population acutely as other countries or states due to lesser deaths and cases but the world is too interconnected and we may have sustained deaths and hospitalizations unless vaccines come in the way. The constant travel and connectivity mean we can have spurge of cases and deaths anytime unless population immunity is achieved through vaccines,” it reasoned.
(Page News Service)