Dimapur, August 7: Nagaland on Friday officially reported one more COVID-19 death taking the death toll to 7. Out of the 7 deaths, one death is COVID-19 positive but cause of death is not due to COVID-19, said the Nagaland COVID-19 bulletin issued by the State health department.
However, with no COVID-19 related deaths reported on Friday, it is assumed that today’s addition to the death toll could be any of the 3-4 earlier COVID-19 related deaths, including two deaths on Thursday (Aug 6), but not included in the COVID-19 death list reportedly due to non-receipt of confirmatory RT-PCR test result.
Presently some family members of the COVID-19 related deaths are in home isolation undergoing quarantine for up to a week now, still unsure whether their family member’s death was due to COVID-19 or not. There are allegations that some of the deceased were denied COVID-19 test and admission to Dimapur COVID-19 Hospital when they approached the hospital in serious condition. Perhaps, this is one of reason why the health department is slow in pushing for prompt RT-PCR test for the deceased, as a confirmed result might expose the department’s culpability in the deaths.
COVID tally rises to 2657
Meanwhile Nagaland reported 77 new cases of COVID-19 today taking the total cases to 2657. But with 7 deaths, and 824 recoveries, the number of active cases is 1824.
Out of the 77 new cases, 74 were detected in Dimapur and 3 in Kohima. Of the 74 cases in Dimapur, 53 are from Armed Forces, 15 are traced contacts, 3 are returnees and 3 frontline workers. All the 3 new cases in Kohima are from Armed Forces.
Principal Home Secretary, Abhijit Sinha IAS said as per the severity of symptoms, 1,823 active cases are asymptomatic and 1 active case is moderate. The positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 hospitals and COVID-19 care centres. Further, active surveillance and contact tracing is also in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection.
Further, out of the 2,657 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people is: 1,173 cases from Paramilitary/Military, 1,051 cases are returnees, 185 cases are frontline workers, 195 cases are traced contacts and others – 53 cases.
A total of 2,161 persons are presently under facility quarantine in Nagaland. (Page News Service)