- All 12 players are from Longleng District team
- Teams & officials directed not to move out of IG Stadium
Kohima, April 14: In a major development, the ongoing 21st edition of Inter-District Football Championship named Dr T Ao Trophy in Kohima have been kept in abeyance till further decision after at least 12 players were tested positive for COVID-19 on Wednesday.
Official sources said all the 12 players tested positive were from Longleng District team.
The tournament is an annual event of the Nagaland Government jointly organized by the Department of Youth Resources and Sports (YRS) and Nagaland Football Association (NFA). The 21st edition commenced on April 12 at Indira Gandhi Stadium here with participation of 12 districts.
With the 12 players testing Covid positive, Nagaland reported at least 25 new COVID-19 infections on Wednesday, even though the official entry in the daily bulletin was kept 13 cases and the caseload remained at 12,440.
The State Health Department compiles its daily data based on the results received till 3 pm, while the rest is included on the next day’s tally.
As per this process, the State recorded 13 new cases. “13 positive cases of COVID-19 reported today. Dimapur – 11, Kohima and Phek – 1 each. And, 102 positive patients have recovered. Kohima-99, Dimapur-3,” said Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom in a tweet.
There were 102 recoveries, which is the highest single-day recovery for this year, including 99 in Kohima, and it has maximum recoveries from the cases detected among the trainees of St Paul Training Institute at Phesama on March 31.
But later in the evening, it emerged that at least 12 football players from Longleng district participating in the Dr T Ao Trophy had tested positive for COVID-19.
Following all Standard Operating Procedures, the organizers had asked all the teams to conduct COVID-19 test of their players, which was reportedly complied by every district, except Longleng, official sources said on condition of anonymity.
However, the organizers insisted on conducting the testing on Tuesday after which at least 12 members of the Longleng team tested positive.
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State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Nyanthung Kikon informed that a team from CMO Kohima is taking necessary measures.
“Unfortunately, in spite of necessary directives to all the district football associations to follow strict mandatory protocol set by the organizing committee and necessary SOP, some cases were detected following which necessary precautionary measures were taken. Hence, the positive cases were shifted immediately to quarantine centre under proper medical care and the remaining are confined under observation. All necessary SOP and precautionary measures have been taken within the perimeter of the affected area to contain the spread,” stated an official statement issued by the Director of YRS and organizing committee convener Akumla Chuba and tournament secretary Benei Y Lamthiu.
Also, NFA president K Neibou Sekhose said that the organizers have to keep the tournament in abeyance until further decision.
He also said that all the teams and officials camped at IG Stadium have been directed not to move out of the complex.
Vaccination: Nagaland has administered a total of 1,29,357 doses of Covishield to 99,851 persons as of April 13, said State Immunization Officer Dr Ritu Thurr.
Out of the total persons vaccinated in the State 40,241 are frontline workers, 12,865 healthcare professionals, 24,712 senior citizens and 21,033 people above 45 years with specified co-morbidities, he said.
Among those inoculated 19,776 are frontline workers, 8,896 healthcare workers, 1,240 senior citizens and 546 persons above 45 years with co-morbidities have received the second shot of COVID-19 vaccine completing the full course of vaccination, said Dr Thurr.
(Page News Service)