As number of test rises, daily spike increases
Dimapur, April 24: As COVID-19 cases in Nagaland continues to rise, the State Health Department on Saturday finally admitted that Nagaland us under the second wave of COVID-19, albeit in the early stage.
On Saturday, the State reported 114 new cases, which is the biggest single day spike this year, and 3 deaths.
Last week (from April 17 to 23), the State reported 385 COVID-19 cases and 1 death, which is the highest weekly spike this year. The positivity rate also remains high at 8.9%.
And there are fears that Nagaland is likely to see many of its prior records fall, as the second wave of COVID-19 tears through the State. As the number of COVID-19 tests is slowly increasing, daily spike in new cases is seeing a dramatic increase, a sign of the immense challenges that the health system may be up against in the coming weeks.
“As the state is early into the second wave, data may not be representative of the actual picture in the coming months,” the State health department said on the data provided in its weekly COVID-19 bulletin.
In January 2021, out of 4699 samples tested, 168 positive cases were detected and in February 2021, 5319 samples were tested out of which 106 returned positive. As number of samples increased in March 2021, the number of positive cases also increased to 140, and this month (till April 23), the State has tested 6168 samples, out of which 549 were positive cases.
The COVID-19 bulletin revealed that the positivity rate has increased from 2.3% in March 2021 to 8.9% in April 2021, which is close to positivity rate in August 2020, when the number of positive cases peaked in the State.
The health department also expressed alarm at the high weekly sample positivity rate in Dimapur (24) and Kohima (11), which is said, signifies undetected cases in the population.
Social gatherings and events remain high risk for super spreader events in the State when positivity rate is high, it cautioned.
The health department blamed the high positivity rate among returnees and travelers and non-adherence to quarantine measures for the recent spike in COVID-19 cases. It also claimed that the numerous points of entry to the State and the porous border make it extremely difficult to monitor everyone at points of entry.
The community and ward/ village councils should ensure quarantine of 10 days as in SOP if there is no negative RT PCR report. Travelers should be equally responsible, it said.
However, the health department also cannot escape responsibilities as they were caught off guard by the 2nd wave in the State while single-mindedly focusing only on the COVID-19 vaccination drive, and thereby neglecting to take appropriate steps to contain the spread of coronavirus in the State.
While chasing COVID-19 vaccination target, the health authorities department appear to have let their guards down and allowed the second wave to taken a hold in the State. (Page News Service)