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Nagaland sees jump in COVID-19 infection among traced contacts


‘52% of traced contacts got corona virus in office/workplace’
Dimapur, August 29: Even as Nagaland is seeing a decrease in detection of new COVID-19 positive cases in the last 14 days, a worry is the alarming number of positive cases being detected from traced contacts.
As on August 29, out of 3851 COVID-19 cases in the State, 18% (696 cases) has been detected from traced contacts.
Since August 13, there is a decline in the number of cases from the Armed Forces and returnees whereas the number of cases from traced contact is witnessing an abnormal growth. On August 13, the number of COVID-19 cases from traced contacts was 155 (7%), which has now jumped to 696 cases (18%) on August 29.
In the last 14 days (from Aug 15 to 28), Nagaland reported only 483 cases compared to the preceding 14 days (Aug 1 to 14), when over 1600 cases were detected. However, out of the 483 new cases, majority were detected from traced contacts.
The weekly COVID-19 bulletin released by the State Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme showed that office/workplace and household are where most positive cases have acquired infections among the traced contacts.
Data on infections among traced contacts (place of infection) as on August 28 released by the State Health Department indicated that 52% of traced contacts got corona virus in office/workplace, 40% in household, same locality/social gatherings – 4%, hospital – 3% and transport – 1%.
“Closed space settings are the highest risk for infection where personal safety measures have to be strictly ensured; hand washing, use of mask and physical distancing along with adequate natural ventilation,” it said.
Recovery rate improves to 75%
The recovery rate in the State has improved to 75% from 57% last week, which is equivalent to India’s recovery rate of 76%. Till date 2,850 people out of 3805 COVID-19 cases have recovered.
As on August 28, only 7% of active cases are under home isolation in Nagaland.
The median age for the COVID-19 cases in the State is 32 years with a range from 5 months to 93 years. 82% of the cases in Nagaland are males.
50% of COVID cases in the State are from Dimapur, followed by Kohima at 23%.
State’s tally rises to 3851
Meanwhile Nagaland reported 46 new COVID-19 cases today, out of 582 samples tested, taking the total cases in the State to 3,851. But with 2908 recoveries and 9 deaths, the number of active cases in the State is 925.
As per the severity of symptoms, 915 active cases are asymptomatic, 9 active cases are mild and 1 active case is moderate. Active surveillance and contact tracing is in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection.
Out of the 3,851 positive cases, the distribution across various categories of people is: 1,633 cases from Armed Forces, returnees – 1,244, traced contacts – 696 cases and frontline workers – 278.
A total of 1,203 persons are presently under facility quarantine in the State. (Page News Service)