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Returnee shifted to Jalukie without awaiting test result tested COVID-19 positive


Dimapur, June 4: Mismanagement in transportation of returnees to their respective districts in total violation of the SOP (revised SOP) continues unabated in Nagaland putting at risk the lives of not only the returnees but the citizens of the State.

The State authorities appear to have not learnt anything from the May 25 Tuensang fiasco when more than 150 returnees were packed off to Tuensang before getting the results of their swab samples. Before reaching Tuensang, the results of 3 of the returnees were tested COVID-19 positive but by that time it was already too late to recall them back.

In a similar case, the result of a returnee came back COVID-19 positive Wednesday night, but on searching the patient it was found that he/she was already shifted to Jalukie (Peren District).

Official sources said authorities have now initiated contact tracing, as well as identify and isolate the passengers that travelled in the same bus with the COVID-19 positive patient to Jalukie.

Further details were awaited at the time of filing this report.

As per the revised SOP for returnees issued by the State Government on June 1, returnees from Chennai, who are still in Kohima and Dimapur quarantine centres, will continue to remain until COVID-19 tests are carried out and their results are out. (Page News Service)