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Nagaland records high COVID-19 fatality rate


Large number of undetected cases in the population: H&FW Dept

DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 18: With weekly COVID-19 deaths in Nagaland seeing a rise by over 100% compared to last week’s death toll, State Health & Family Welfare Department on Saturday attributed the high fatality rate to low vaccination coverage and large number of undetected cases in the population.

Nagaland is recording 2.07% COVID-19 death rate, which is the highest among Northeastern States. This translates to 30 deaths per 1 lakh population. The national death rate is 1.33% while the world’s COVID-19 death rate is 2.06%.
Last week (September 4-10) Nagaland reported 8 weekly COVID-19 deaths, but this week (September 11-17) the death toll rose to 18. Out of the 18 deaths, 16 were reported at Dimapur alone.
“The high fatality rate is due to low vaccination coverage and large number of undetected cases in the population”, said the weekly COVID-19 bulletin issued by the State Health Department.
The rising number of COVID deaths in the State is surprising as the number of new COVID case detection is falling sharply each week. This week, new COVID cases detected were 225, compared to last week’s 311.
Out of the 225 new cases detected this week, 73% of positive cases were detected from self test/random while 17% were traced contacts. Health Department said the gradual increase in self- random tests category signifies community transmission “without a known source of infection”.
With less COVID-19 detection, the sample positivity rate in the State has remained below 5% for the 5th straight week. The sample tested in the week was 12,124. The current weekly sample positivity of 1.9 % is the same as the national weekly positivity rate. All districts have maintained a positivity rate of less than 5%.
Health Department also claimed that the number of reported cases could be much lesser than the actual cases due to hesitancy in testing, reporting of self-tests/COVISELF and false negative cases from rapid antigen tests.
The weekly bulletin claimed that 99% of COVID-19 deaths in Nagaland are not fully vaccinated and the second wave has affected mostly the unvaccinated.
“Reduction of deaths in the subsequent waves will mostly depend on the vaccination coverage”, it claimed.

The bulletin further informed that death rate among pregnant women is found to be higher than the general population at 10.3%. Nine COVID-19 deaths have been reported among pregnant women and none of them had been vaccinated, it said while advising vaccination for pregnant women.
This week 46,296 doses of COVID vaccine were administered in the State taking the total doses to 9.67 lakhs. But out of this, only 24% have received the second dose. “Second dose is critical to ensure maximum protection”, it stated.
In the Northeast, Meghalaya, Nagaland and Manipur are the least vaccinated States. The first dose coverage of vaccine coverage in Meghalaya is 49%, Nagaland 54% and Manipur 62%.
(Page News Service)