Nagaland records 12% increase in weekly COVID-19 cases
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 4: Nagaland registered a 12% increase in weekly COVID-19 cases, accompanied by 12 fatalities ~ 6 at Dimapur, 5 at Kohima and 1 at Mokokchung.
According to the State Health Department’s weekly bulletin, the weekly sample positivity rate has remained below 5% for the last two weeks, with only Phek (9.4%) and Kohima (5.5%) reporting more than 5% from the week.
The overall positivity rate for this week was 3% ~ 403 cases out of 13,411 samples.
The Department informed that 57,206 samples were tested in August, a record in a single month since the start of the pandemic.
Also, weekly new COVID-19 hospital admissions increased by 27% as 70 patients were admitted with moderate or severe disease. Dimapur registered the highest number of admissions (38), followed by Kohima (14).
“Maximum confirmed cases are in the 21-30-year age group and most deaths have happened in the 46-60 age group (172 deaths). The young and healthy can be drivers of transmission. 45% of deaths occurred within 48 hours of arrival at hospital. This implies late arrival to hospital with very advanced symptoms. Timely treatment is critical for survival”, it stated.
Further, 36 deaths have occurred in home isolation without reaching the hospital, it informed.
“Monitoring of symptoms and timely referral to hospital remain crucial”, it added.
(Page News Service)