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Nagaland COVID-19 cases doubles overnight to 18

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Protestors confront ministerial team at Tuensang

DIMAPUR, MAY 28: The COVID-19 positive case in Nagaland has doubled overnight taking the total of active cases in the State to 18 as on Thursday. Till late Wednesday night, the total number of positive cases in Nagaland was nine.

The good news is that none of the 18 positive cases are local cases, but are imported cases.

All the nine new active cases detected on Thursday were from persons who returned from Chennai on May 22 last. So far, all the 18 persons tested positive are returnees from Chennai.

The Chennai returnees as well as all returnees from outside the State are being quarantined in State quarantine facilities at Dimapur and Kohima, so there is little chance of the virus transmitting locally if the State Government follow all the protocols and guidelines as issued by the World Health Organization (WHO), the Union Government, as well as the State Health & Family Welfare Department.

The bad news is that sheer negligence and mishandling of the situation by the State Government has allowed the COVID-19 pandemic to reach the remote district of Tuensang, where the total active cases have climbed to four by Thursday.

On Tuesday, the State authorities had sent around 155 returnees from Chennai to Tuensang in five buses without waiting for the rests of their swab samples collected at Kohima. However, the result of one of the passenger’s sample came positive on Wednesday morning, but by that time the passenger had already reached Tuensang. The other three active cases in Tuensang were also part of the 155 passengers sent to Tuensang by the State authorities on Tuesday.

Ministerial team met by protestors 

At the time of filing this report, there were reports from Tuensang that the State ministerial team, led by Health & Welfare Minister Pangnyu Phom, was met by protestors holding banners like “Don’t appease us with Marie biscuits and a glass of water’. The protestors led by the Confederation of Chang Students’ Union (CCSU) are demanding setting up of BSL-3 lab in Tuensang instead of the BSL-2 as decided and announced on Wednesday by the State Government.

According to reports, the protestors threw biscuits at the convoy of the ministerial team and shouted at them to go back. Further details are awaited at the time of filing this report.

(Page News Service)

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