But cases spike in Mokokchung District
DIMAPUR, JUNE 12: Nagaland is seeing a decline in weekly new cases of COVID-19 for three weeks in a row with the State reporting 1079 cases this week (June 5-11). The number of deaths reported this week was 29, which is the lowest recorded in the last 5 weeks.
According to the weekly COVID-19 bulletin issued by the State Health & Family Welfare Department, the weekly positivity rate has also seen a dip to 13% from 16% last week.
But in a major worry for State Health authorities, the COVID-19 pandemic is slowly spreading to rural areas of the State with high number of cases detected in villages of districts other than Kohima and Dimapur.
This week (June 5-11), Mokokchung District saw a spike in number of COVID-19 positive cases with the district reporting 396 cases out of the State’s total of 1079. The positivity rate in Mokokchung District has also shot up from 16% to 27%, which roughly translates to 1 positive case out of 4 samples tested.
Tuensang District also reported 106 cases this week, with a positivity rate of 18%. Kohima reported 187 new cases (positivity rate 12%) this week and Dimapur 186 cases (positivity rate 8%).
‘High death rate under home isolation’
Another area of concern is the reported high number of deaths under home isolation.
According to Health Department data, out of the 29 deaths reported this week, 25 deaths were under home isolation.
This calls for strict monitoring of symptoms under home isolation and immediately going to hospital on first signs of difficulty in breathing (SPO2 less than 94%), increasing high fever, increasing severe cough and mental confusion, etc., advised State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme.
The COVID-19 death rate in the State is 1.84%, which is higher than the national average of 1.25%.
The bulletin informed that 44% deaths have happened within 2 days of admission in a hospital signifying very late arrival with critical symptoms.
Diabetes and Hypertension is the cost common co-morbidities associated with COVID-19 deaths in the State till date, it said. (Page News Service)