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COVID-19 positivity rate remains high in Nagaland

COVID cases

3 more deaths reported in past week

Dimapur, February 20: After a month of not reporting any death due to COVID-19, Nagaland reported 3 COVID-19 deaths in the past week (February 13-19) taking the COVID death toll in the State to 81.

According to the COVID-19 weekly bulletin issued by the State Department of Health & Family Welfare, the past week reported 15 positive cases out of 1,176 samples tested.
The low number of positive cases detected in recent weeks can be attributed to less number of samples tested, as the positivity rate in the State remains high at 9.46% compare to the national average of 5.23%. For instance, 1176 samples tested last week indicates that an average of only 168 samples per day was tested last week.
Sample tested per thousand populations in Nagaland is also very low at 63, compared to 155 at the national level.
The weekly bulletin also informed that positivity rate among symptomatic/ pre-op screening/self-test/ travel purposes coming to Flu clinics continue to remain high.
Among the 15 confirmed cases detected in the past week, 14 were traced contacts/self-test while one was armed forces/security personnel.
Out of 12,191 COVID confirmed cases in the State till February 19, traced contacts constitute nearly half of the total cases at 5,094. Among the traced contacts, the most affected age group is 21-30 years at 26%, followed by 31-40 years at 25%. Among them, 60% are males.
This is a major worry with schools for classes 6 to 12 already reopened and colleges and universities set to open from February 24. There is particularly so as positivity rate among household contacts is high at 29%, followed by Government employees at 24% and students at 19%.
Meanwhile in a bit of good news, the number of active cases in the State has climbed down to 20 only (as on Feb 19). Kohima has the highest number of active cases at 18 and the remaining two is in Dimapur.
Vaccination: 23,977 doses of Covid vaccine have been administered across Nagaland till February 19. Out of this, the number of healthcare workers taking the 1st dose is 8,409 and 2nd dose is 3,419. Number of frontline workers vaccinated is 12,149.

The last date for vaccination of health care workers was February 20, which will be followed by mop up rounds till February 25. For frontline workers, the last date is March 1, followed up by mop up sessions till March 6. (Page News Service)