Kohima has highest number of active cases at 64
Dimapur, February 13: In a major health scare, 38 samples out of 839 personnel tested for COVID-19 for the ongoing 7th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly has tested COVID-19 positive.
The 9-day budget session of the Nagaland Legislative Assembly began on Friday, and will resume on Monday. Saturday and Sunday are off days for the session.
State health officials did not indicate whether the 38 positive cases were detected on Day-1 of the budget session, which was February 12, or before the start of the session.
As reported in Nagaland Page, on the first day of the session on Friday all legislators, senior bureaucrats, Heads of Departments, Assembly staff and other support staff were made to undergo compulsory COVID-19 testing.
“Exercising abundant precaution, 839 personnel were tested for the ongoing 7th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly for which 38 samples were positive with a positivity rate of 4.5%,” informed the COVID-19 weekly bulletin issued by the State Health & Family Welfare Department.
“This again reaffirms that COVID-19 is here to stay and every citizen should exercise abundant precaution by following covid-19 appropriate behaviors especially when there are high risk people involved,” cautioned the bulletin.
Meanwhile in the past week, Nagaland reported 50 new COVID-19 cases, while no deaths were reported. The positivity rate in the State remains high at 9.53% as against 5.31% at the national level.
Out of the 50 positive cases reported in the past week, 49 are traced contacts/self test and one from the armed forces/security personnel.
Overall among the traced contacts, the most affected age group is 21-30 years at 26%, followed by 31-40 years at 25%. Among them, 60% are males.
The weekly bulletin said positivity rate among household contacts at 29% continues to remain followed by Government employees at 24% and students at 19%.
The positivity rate among symptomatic/ pre-op screening/self-test/ travel purposes coming to Flu clinics continue to remain high at 16% with a 1% increase in the past one week, pointing towards undetected cases in the population, the bulletin informed.
Out of the 77 current active cases in Nagaland, the bulk of it is in Kohima District with 64 cases and the remaining 13 active cases in Dimapur District.
With regards to COVID-19 vaccination, the bulletin informed that 10,908 healthcare & fontline workers have been vaccinated in the State till date. It further appealed to all beneficiaries not to miss on the vaccine due to misinformation, rumors and fake messages. (Page News Service)