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Nagaland gears up for 1st phase of COVID-19 vaccination

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DIMAPUR, JANUARY 9: With the dry-run for COVID-19 vaccinations conducted successfully across all districts of Nagaland in 31 sessions on January 8, Nagaland is fully geared up for first phase of COVID-19 vaccination.


According to the weekly bulletin released by ISDP, Health & Family Welfare Department, a total of 19,690 health workers have been registered for vaccination in the first phase and a total of 1,206 session sites have been identified for the COVID-19 vaccination drive in the state.
As vaccines come nearer to the general population, COVID-19 appropriate behaviors need to be reinforced again and there is no room for complacency, the Department said while cautioning that symptomatic cases are steadily increasing in the state even though there is a decline in positivity rate or positive cases.
The bulletin further stated that 4 COVID-19 deaths and 35 cases were reported during the week as weekly sample positivity rate decline to 3%. Overall sample positivity rate remains high at 9.8%, it added.
Symptomatic cases among active cases increased from 1% in July 2020 to 24% as of this week while there has been a slight increase in the mortality rate to 0.61% this week.
High percentage of symptomatic cases points to undetected asymptomatic cases in the community, the Department said, adding cases from flu clinics/ self-test without travel history/contact continue to increase (14% of cases from the community)
During the week, a total of 34,007 contacts have been tracked by surveillance teams out of which 14,637 are primary contacts. 50% of traced contacts are within the 21-40 year old age group.
The bulletin said positivity rate among household contacts (29%) continues to remain more than the office goers at 23% and 19% among students.
The positivity rate among symptomatic/pre-op screening/travel purposes coming to Flu clinics without history of contact continue to remain high at 14%.
(Page News Service)

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