Increase in positive cases in Flu clinics
Positivity among taxi drivers rises in last 2 weeks
DIMAPUR, DECEMBER 5: As feared and warned by State Health authorities, COVID-19 positive cases in Flu clinics in Nagaland continue to increase with the onset of winter, while the number of deaths due to the coronavirus is also rising with November recording the most COVID-19 deaths in the State at 23.
Out of the 58 COVID-19 deaths in Nagaland as certified by the State Death Committee as per ICMR and WHO ICD 10 guideline, 23 were reported in November. In October it was 16, September – 7, August – 6 and in July 5 deaths were reported. In December, 1 death has been reported so far. 67% of deaths are below 60 years of age and 20% of deaths do not have any known co-orbidity/disease.
However, the actual death toll due to COVID-19 in the State is 68, with 58 due to contagion, co-morbidities – 7 and 3 under investigation. The most common co-morbidities are Diabetes and Hypertension.
A major worry is that 32% of deaths happened within 48 hours of admission in the COVID Hospital.
“This signifies patients coming to the hospital very late in advanced stages. This signifies patients come to seek healthcare very late leaving little hope for survival. Timing of the few available treatments like Oxygen and steroids in COVID-19 is very critical for survival,” said the weekly COVID-19 bulletin issued by the State Department of Health & Family Welfare.
There is also an increase in COVID-19 Hospital admissions, which State Health authorities said signifies an increase in symptomatic and moderate, severe or critical cases. COVID-19 hospitals are for moderate, severe and critical cases.
The bulletin revealed an increase in positivity in Flu clinics, which it said is worrisome as these people do not fall under contact tracing.
“The positivity among symptomatic/pre-op screening/travel purposes coming to Flu clinics increased to 12%, which is worrisome,” it said.
In the past week ending on December 4, the new cases reported in the State was 214 and 1 death. Out of the 214 cases, Dimapur reported the maximum cases at 120, followed by Kohima – 68 and Tuensang – 15 cases.
The sample positivity rate continues to remain high in Nagaland at around 10% signifying undetected cases in the community. Dimapur (13.4%) and Kohima (10.1%) have the highest sample positivity rate in the State.
The bulletin revealed that the most affected age group among the traced contacts is 21-40-year age group who could be inadvertently spreading the virus to the higher risk groups. This, it said, is evident by the constant increase in positivity among the 60+ age group (6% of traced contacts). There was 1% increase in the 60+ age group this week. Household (29%) and workplaces (24%) remains the most common places of infection.
The positivity rate among the students continues to rise at 19%, it revealed.
Another major worry, the bulletin said, was the rise in positivity among taxi drivers (17 cases) in the last 2 weeks.
“All taxi drivers and passengers should wear masks, leave windows open, use hand sanitizers and limit passengers as per SOP. Taxi drivers should not crowd together at taxi stands. This needs to be enforced by the competent agencies,” it reiterated.
Meanwhile as per the categorization of cases as on December 4, 40% of the total 11,305 COVID-19 positive cases in the State reported were from the Armed Forces/Police, followed closely by Traced Contacts at 39%, Returnees/Travelers – 16% and Frontline Workers – 5%.
(Page News Service)