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Nagaland reports 2 deaths with COVID-19 complications; Total confirmed positive cases rise to 1239

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Kohima, July 24: Nagaland reported first two deaths due to COVID-19 related complications, out of which one is yet to get lab confirmation even as the total confirmed COVID-19 cases in the state rose to 1239.
Both the deaths are reported from the commercial hub of the State – Dimapur district, said health officials today.
State Nodal Officer for Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Dr Nyan Kikon confirmed that the test result of a patient admitted in Community Health Centre, Medziphema sub-division who died on July 21 came out positive for COVID-19 on Friday.
Following the outcome of the dead patient’s result, the Senior Medical Officer (SMO), CHC Medziphema has written to the Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Dimapur to seal the health institute.
The SMO informed the CMO that the 50 year old patient, who was unattended and sick, was admitted on July 19 at CHC Medziphema. His TrueNat test was negative on the day of admission and died on July 21. However, a BSL-2 (RT-PCR) report today was found to be positive for Corona, he said.
Therefore, the SMO Medziphema while asking the authority to seal the CHC Medziphema, also asked for arranging a quarantine centre for the Medical staff and all the primary contacts.
Another death was reported in a COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur of a 70-year old man this morning.
Confirming this, a health official in-charge of TrueNat testing stated that the patient, who was admitted to COVID-19 Hospital Dimapur had other health issues.
The official said that his sample came positive for COVID-19 through the TrueNat test. Further, as per the official protocol the swab sample has been sent for RT-PCR test for confirmation and the result is awaited.
Meanwhile, continuing with the daily surge in COVID-19 cases, another 65 persons tested positive for the virus on Friday taking the confirmed cases in the State to 1239.
Following the detection of the first COVID-19 case among three returnees from Chennai on May 25 last, there was a steady increase in the positive cases with the State taking almost two months to reach the 1000 mark on July 20.
Since July 20, the pace of COVID-19 increased as 218 persons found positive within four days while two patients died.
The highest single day spike of confirmed COVID-19 cases infecting 90 persons was reported on Thursday.
Out of 372 samples tested, 65 positive cases have been confirmed – 41 in Dimapur, 21 in Kohima, 2 in Peren and 1 in Tuensang, tweeted Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom.
On the other hand, 7 patients from Kohima tested negative for the virus increasing the number of recovered patients to 537. The recovery rate of the State is 43.34%. Another 701 patients are active while one has died.
The district wise confirmed cases are: Dimapur 500, Kohima 299, Peren 252, Mon 99, Tuensang 45, Phek 18, Zunheboto 12, Mokokchung 9, Longleng 3 and Wokha 1.
The district wise 701 active cases are: Dimapur 339, Kohima 182, Mon 91, Peren 57, Phek 9, Zunheboto 8, Tuensang 6, Mokokchung 5, Longleng 3 and Wokha one.
Among the active cases, an 82 year old patient in Dimapur is in ICU ventilator and one each in Dimapur and Peren districts are with mild symptoms. The rest 698 are asymptomatic patients, said health officials.
Kiphire is the only district out of the 11 districts without any positive case till date.
The 537 recovered persons are 193 from Peren, Dimapur 163, Kohima 117, Tuensang 39, Phek 9, Mon 8 and four each in Zunheboto and Mokokchung districts. (Page News Service)

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