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Police jawans infected with COVID-19 rises to 12 in Mon


Dimapur, July 3: With3 more police jawans testing positive for COVID-19 in Mon District, taking the total infected police jawans to 12, the Mon district administration is taking no chances and is going all out for contact tracing as well as conducting repeated tests.
“At present contact tracing is going on in full swing simultaneously with repeated tests. It is not going to be one test but minimum two tests is 100 percent,” said Deputy Commissioner Mon, Thavaseelan Karunanidhy IAS.
Talking to Nagaland Page over phone, the DC Mon said out of 41 COVID positive cases in the district, 12 are police jawans. Out of the 12, eleven jawans are from the ITI Wangkhao quarantine centre and one jawan of SP Home Guard who came in contact with one of the COVID positive jawans posted at the ITI Wangkhao QC.
“Out of the 14 jawans posted at ITI Wangkhao quarantine complex, 11 of them tested posted and one of SP’s home guard also tested positive as he came in contact with one of the jawan posted at ITI quarantine centre,” he informed.
While terming as unfortunate that 12 jawans have tested COVID-19 positive, the DC, however, said it was because of their carelessness. “The jawans should not have left the quarantine facility under any circumstances and that was the SOP. And it was told to them over and over again, several times to follow the SOPs,” he said, adding the carelessness of the jawans led to the breach in protocol.
Following the report of one police jawan testing positive on June 25 last after his swab test was done through TrueNat, the Mon District administration had earlier enforced total lockdown in Mon since June 25.
On maximum tests to be conducted, he said out of the primary contact jawans – the 14 posted at ITI Wangkhao QC – three of them tested negative and they will be again re-tested after 6 or 7 days.
The DC said the second tests have been completed and that is why 3 more jawans tested positive Thursday night, taking the total cases to 12. “Now the third tests will be conducted and we are doing the needful to contain the spread of COVID-19 in the district,” Thavaseelan assured. (Page News Service)