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No respite from surge in COVID-19 cases in Nagaland

  • 2062 new cases & 68 deaths reported this week
  • State’s COVID death rate more than national average

DIMAPUR, MAY 22: The number of new COVID cases in Nagaland continues to surge, as 2062 people were reported positive from 9811 samples tested in the last 7 days (May 15-21). The State also reported 68 COVID deaths during the same period.

Last week (May 8-14), the number of cases detected was 1951 and deaths reported were 67.
In fact, since April 25, the number of days taken for every 1000 COVID cases in the State, is around 4 days.
Nagaland is also reporting a high positivity rate at 21%. The number of samples tested this week was 9,811. Last week the positivity rate was 23%, according to the COVID-19 weekly bulletin released by the State Health & Family Welfare Department.
In a major worry for State health authorities, Nagaland COVID-19 death rate at 1.26% has surpassed the national average of 1.12%. Hypertension, Diabetes and Hypertension + Diabetes continue to be the major co-morbidities associated with COVID-19 deaths in Nagaland.
Regarding timing of deaths (from admission) in COVID-19 hospitals this year, the bulleting said 16% of deaths happened within 6 hours of admission and 34% of deaths within 24 hours, signifying late arrival to COVID-19 hospital with too advanced symptoms.
Out of 247 COVID deaths reported in the State till May 21, Dimapur reported the most deaths at 185. An interesting feature of all COVID-19 deaths in Dimapur was that none had been fully vaccinated and only 8 had received the first dose, perhaps indicating the importance of getting vaccinated.
And while Dimapur District continues to record the maximum number of COVID-19 cases and deaths in the State, Kohima District is slowly emerging as another COVID-19 hotspot with the State capital reporting a 33% positivity rate ~ the highest among all districts.
This week (May 15-21), out of 2262 samples tested, 752 positive cases were detected, which means out of every 3 persons tested in Kohima District, 1 is COVID positive.
Kohima District also reported 9 deaths in the last 7 days.
The positivity rate in Mokokchung District is also high at 22%.

Fever, cough, breathlessness and body ache are the most common presenting features among symptomatic cases in Nagaland.
With regards to vaccination of 18-44 year age group, 7,298 beneficiaries were vaccinated in the first two days of vaccination in the State. (Page News Service)