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Every citizen responsible to prevent second wave of Covid-19: Health Deptt


Says there is tremendous fatigue among healthcare & frontline workers

Dimapur, April 10: Nagaland Health Department has once again reminded that all citizens are equally responsible in breaking the chain of COVID-19 transmission as the “threat of a second wave knocks at our door”.

In its weekly COVID bulletin, the department stated that every citizen has a role in preventing the second wave.
The threat of a spike in infections is much more now as borders are open along with relaxations of many SOPs; laxity and fatigue in adherence to COVID-19 appropriate behaviours are major threats to the State, it maintained.
“Citizens must understand that there is also tremendous fatigue among healthcare and frontline workers and all cooperation and support will be needed at this vital phase. All travellers should have a negative test on arrival, COVID-19 vaccination certificate or observe 10 days quarantine as in SOP.
“The community should also keep a check on travellers in respective wards/ villages/ colonies for adherence to SOPs. Wearing a mask, maintaining physical distancing and hand hygiene along with vaccination of the most vulnerable is critical at this juncture,” stated the department.
It informed that the case fatality rate or death rate of 45 years and above in the State is much higher at 2.6 % than the overall rate of 0.66%. Vaccines offer the best chance against severe disease or death and all eligible citizens should get protected at the earliest. COVID-19 is not ‘just a flu’, it added.

Out of 2189 samples that were tested in the previous week (as of April 9), 27 were found COVID-19 positive, it informed. The week’s sample positivity rate was 1%.
Twenty out of the 27 cases were traced contacts/self-test and the remaining 7 were travellers, the department stated.
(Page News Service)