Dimapur, January 16: Nagaland is recording a COVID-19 recovery rate of over 97.24%, which is slightly higher than the national average of 96.53%. The positivity rate, however, remains high at 9.81% against the national average of 5.67%.
According to the COVID-19 weekly bulletin issued by the State Department of Health & Family Welfare, 75 new cases were reported in the last 7 days in the State. But the positivity rate increased from 3% the past week to 7%.
The number of days taken for every 1000 cases in Nagaland is also seeing a rise from 7 days to 58 days.
While such data might indicate that the pandemic is largely under control in the State, however, this appears to be far from the truth. In fact, the decline in the number fresh detection of COVID-19 cases can be largely attributed to less number of sample testing.
As per official data, Nagaland is conducting 60 (approx) tests per 1000 population which is much lower than the national average of 138 (approx) tests per 1000 population.
In January this year, so far 2462 tests have been conducted out of which 112 positive cases were detected. Similarly in December last year, 7351 tests were conducted out of which 732 cases were detected.
This is in comparison to 22,970 tests conducted in August 2020; 18,847 tests in September; 18,559 in October and 14,775 tests in November last year. With the high number of testing in this 4 months last year, over 2000 positive cases were detected each month.
The COVID-19 death toll in Nagaland has also risen to 78, with 5 deaths reported in the last 7 days. “5 COVID-19 deaths and 75 cases were reported from the week as one super spreader event was reported. Total COVID-19 deaths in the state now stand at 78,” said the bulletin.
Out of the 75 confirmed cases in the last 7 days, 63 are traced contacts, armed forces/security personnel – 5, travelers – 5 and frontline workers – 2.
Among the traced contacts, the bulletin said the most affected age group is 21-30 years at 26% (1275/4980), followed by 31-40 years at 25% (1242/4980). Among them, 60% (3005/4980) are males.
Positivity rate among household contacts at 29% (1438/4980) continue to remain followed by Government employees at 23% (1153/4980) and students at 19% (935/4980).
The recent spread in a convent following the festive season is worrisome, it said. (Page News Service)