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Dimapur, July 1: Peren District has more than one-third of the active COVID-19 cases in Nagaland at 114 out of the total 319 active cases in the State.
In the distribution of the total 501 COVID-19 cases reported so far in the State by domicile district, Peren again has the highest with 196 cases, which is again more than one-third of the total State cases.
Meanwhile, opposition leader, TR Zeliang has sought the immediate attention of the Chief Minister of Nagaland on the prevailing COVID-19 disaster in Peren District.
In a letter to the CM, the opposition leader said Peren District has become among the worst hit district by the COVID-19 pandemic in the State, and expressed fear that unless immediate necessary measures are adopted to contain the spread of the virus, community transmission may become a reality soon.
Stating that the alarmingly high number of COVID-19 positive cases detected from among the 96 Haryana returnees (54 males and 42 females) settled in their respective villages under Peren District spells a perilous future for all, Zeliang lamented that the returnees who arrived Peren District from quarantine centres based at New DC Complex, Chumukedima and Livingstone Hr Secondary School, Dimapur were sent to their respective villages without completion of their 14 days quarantine and without ascertaining their COVID-19 status at the district level.
“Only after reaching their respective villages, their test samples were collected and sent to BSL-3 lab at Kohima, out of which many have tested positive while more results are awaited,” he stated.
Zeliang recalled that on June 3, a COVID-19 positive patient hailing from Peren District was sent along with 16 other negative returnees to Peren District from Dimapur putting the entire District at immense risk. Subsequently the Joint Action Committee (JAC) on COVID-19 in Peren District submitted a representation requesting the CM to initiate action against erring personnel responsible for the disaster.
“Since there was no positive action on the matter, it is learnt that the Zeliangrong Students’ Union, Nagaland (ZSUN) was compelled to serve an ultimatum on 10th June, 2020 which, as I understand, has not come to any logical conclusion till date,” he said, while urging the CM to address the prevailing impasse on priority basis.
(Page News Service)