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H&FW Dept. warns of undetected COVID-19 cases circulating in the community

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DIMAPUR, JULY 24: With Nagaland seeing no decline in new admissions to COVID-19 Hospitals in the last 5 weeks, the State Health & Family Welfare Department has expressed fear of more undetected COVID-19 cases circulating in the community.
“New admissions in COVID-19 hospitals are not declining in the last 5 weeks especially in Dimapur and Kohima. This could mean more undetected cases circulating in the community”, said the Health Department in its weekly (July 17-23) COVID-19 bulletin.


No improvement in sample testing
The positivity rate in the State also remains constant at 8% despite lesser number of new COVID-19 cases being reported daily, indicating that the number of sample testing has not improved. Kohima (16%), Longleng (14%) and Wokha (12%) reported weekly sample positivity rate of more than 10%.
According to data in the weekly bulletin, the weekly sample testing in the State continue to remain constant at around 8300 tests a week – an average of around 1200 tests per day – which is still one of the lowest sample testing rates among NE states.
And with the testing rate staying almost constant, the number of new weekly positive cases also remains constant in the 600s while the positivity rate is unchanged from last week at 8%. The new weekly positive cases are 640 compared to 689 the previous week.
The Kohima Bench of Gauhati High Court has directed the State Government to ramp up COVID-19 testing in the State in an order on July 20 after considering that the number of people tested in a day in Nagaland is much lower that neighbouring States. In the order, the Court had observed that if more people are tested it is more likely that we will see more number of people infected.
The bulletin showed increase in new cases from Dimapur, Phek, Wokha, Longleng and Peren as compared to the previous week.


High death rate
Nagaland continues to report high death rate, with 18 deaths reported in the past week (July 17-23) compared to 12 deaths the previous week (July 10-16). The death rate in the State is 1.93%, which is much higher than the national average of 1.34%.
The Court had also expressed concern that Nagaland has the highest death rate among NE States. Though the number of infected persons in the State everyday appears to be quite low, the death rate is a matter of concern for all who are in the State, the Court had observed.
Health Department said Diabetes and Hypertension remain the most common associated co-morbidities among COVID-19 deaths in the State.


Vaccination
In the past week, 69,599 COVID-19 vaccine doses were administered taking the total doses to 7.29 lakhs, which includes 5,92,869 taking the 1st dose and 1,37,013 people who have taken their 2nd dose.
Meanwhile citing a report by the Centre for Disease Control, USA, that showed at least 99% of COVID-19 deaths in the US in the last 6 months were unvaccinated; the State Health Department said, “The data from the USA is like the one observed in Nagaland where 99.5% of COVID-19 deaths after March 2021 were not fully vaccinated.”
“Vaccination and COVID-19 safety behavior together will help us stop transmission and end the pandemic”, it added.
(Page News Service)

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