Total caseload jumps to 8515
Dimapur, October 24: Nagaland is witnessing a rapid increase in Covid-19 positive cases since past many weeks and what is more alarming is that the confirmed positive cases are from traced contacts.
A weekly bulletin issued by the Health & Family Welfare Department indicated that the sample positivity rate of the state is higher than the national rate of 9%.
It said the weekly sample positivity rate has increased rapidly from 4% in the last week of August to 18% of this week, which is highest till date.
The state reported 832 cases this week, which is the second highest weekly cases reported till date and of the 832 cases, 56% were traced contacts from the community.
According to the bulletin, symptomatic cases are slowly increasing among the confirmed cases, which is 4%, while household contacts (28%) and offices (24%) continue to be the two most common setting where infections happens.
The Department said the next three winter months will be absolutely critical for the state in determining the fate of this pandemic.
It said respiratory viruses thrive better in cold weather and low humidity conditions generally. Some laboratory experiments have shown SARS COV 2 Virus favours cold and dry conditions.
Stating that Europe is already witnessing the second wave with the arrival of winter this time with more infections in the old, the Department said weddings, festivals and social gatherings during winter along with indoor crowding and compromised natural ventilation are extremely high-risk settings. Additional restrictions and strict enforcement of SOPs will be needed to control the spread, it added
Movement of people from outside the state and from urban to rural areas during the festive season pose high risk for spread of cases beyond the urban areas, the Department stated, adding all major pandemics saw a second wave after around 6 months which coincides with the upcoming winter months.
Stating that this is a crucial time for the state to enforce all SOPs strictly and immediately, the Department expected the citizens to follow the 3 W’s and avoid the 3C’s, or “we may even see total lockdowns imposed again in the event of an uncontrolled spread.”
The bulletin further stated that there is uncontrolled spread in closed settings like offices, restaurants, bakeries, religious communities increasing risk elsewhere.
Among the traced positive contacts, most infections have happened in the 21-40 years age group (52%) with students comprising 17 % of the cases.
The Department observed that increasing positivity among patients attending flu clinics in hospitals is worrying since many of them do not have a history of travel or known contact with a positive case.
More than half of the cases are in Dimapur (54%) followed by Kohima (30%)
With 5 deaths certified as COVID Death this week, the total COVID-19 deaths in the state stands at 22.
The death rate has slightly increased to 0.26%. Current confirmed cases with comorbidities is 0.65% and infection among the high-risk groups are gradually increasing. 59% of the Covid-19 deaths are below 60 years of age, with hypertension and diabetes being the most common associated comorbidities, the bulletin stated.
Meanwhile, on Saturday 79 new Covid-19 positive cases were detected, taking the total caseload to 8515. Of the 79 cases, 23 are in Kohima, 44 in Dimapur, 1 in Kiphire, 5 in Tuensang, 4 in Zunheboto and 2 in Mon.
Out of the 8,515 positive cases, the total recoveries so far are 6,598. The active cases are 1,815 and there have been 24 deaths. As per the severity of symptoms 1,727 active cases are asymptomatic, 66 active cases are mild, 16 active cases are moderate on oxygen, 2 active cases are severe on oxygen and 4 active cases are on ventilator.
Further, out of 8,515 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people are: 3,771 cases of Armed Forces/ Police, 1,631 cases of Returnees, 2,713 cases of Traced Contacts and 400 cases of Frontline Workers.
A total of 59,789 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and results of 58,494 samples have been received. In addition, a total 32,561 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat and results of 32,525 samples have been received. Through Rapid Antigen Test 3,477 samples have been tested. (Page News Service)