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Surge in Covid-19 positive cases in Nagaland

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H&FW Deptt urges public to take precautionary measures

Dimapur, September 13: Nagaland’s Health & Family Welfare Department on Sunday said that there has been a recent surge in the number of cases in the state. The Department cautioned the public against misconstruing the phased reopening of the state under Unlock-4 as an “improving pandemic situation”.
The Department said the positivity rate has fallen to 4% during August 22 to 29 after which it has increased to 6% during August 30 to September 4, which further increased to 11% during September 5 to 11.
In a “Public Advisory” issued today , Principal Director, Health & Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie disclosed that majority of the positive cases are among males (83%) in the age groups 30 to 44 years of age (45%) and 15 to 29 years of age (37%), while most common places of spread are office and household contacts followed by students.
Asserting that the Department continues to work towards maintaining optimum facilities for management of moderate and severe Covid-19 patients, it said the general public should also take equal responsibility in adopting and practicing preventive and precautionary measures to check the spread of COVID-19 infection through self reporting for any Covid-like symptoms-fever, cough, difficulty in breathing, loss of smell/taste; and follow the 3Ws (Wear Mask, Wash Hands, Watch Distance) and avoid 3Cs (Crowded places, close contact setting and closed and enclosed spaces).
Adherence to safety protocols in offices, market places, public transport, and maintenance of home quarantine/isolation safety measures are of paramount importance to prevent the spread of infection, Dr Soukhrie stated.
He further said familiarity with colleagues, family members, and friends should not lead to complacency as the infection is mainly spread among known contact persons who may have no symptom. Discipline among the young and mobile groups of people in following the safety precautionary measures is important as they are less likely to have symptoms and therefore become less careful but can spread to the high risk individuals (Elderly ? 65 years of age, those with other chronic diseases, and people with weaker immunity).
Every citizen and proprietor/management of both public and private establishments must follow the precautionary and preventive measures issued by the Government from time to time to check the transmission of COVID-19, he stated
Any violation of the Government orders on lockdown measures is punishable as per the relevant section of the Disaster Management Act 2005, and the Nagaland Epidemic Disease (COVID-19) Regulations 2020. (Page News Service)

State’s Covid-19 tally rises to 5083

Dimapur, September 13: Nagaland on Sunday reported 19 fresh positive cases of Covid-19 talking the total caseload to 5083. Sixty one Covid-19 patients also recovered from the diseases on Sunday.
“19 +ve cases of COVID-19 have been detected out of 563 samples received,” Minister for Health & Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom tweeted.
Out of the 19 cases, 16 are in Dimapur, 2 in Mokokchung and one in Kohima. The state also reported 61 recoveries of Covid-19 patients, the Minister tweeted. The minister also said that 61 COVID-19 patients tested negative during the day 24 in Kohima, 23 in Dimapur, 13 in Tuensang and 1 in Wokha.
The state now has 1,172 active cases as 3,883 people have recovered from the disease, 10 have died and 18 have migrated to other states.
The recovery rate of COVID-19 patients in the state is 76.39%.
Dimapur district has the highest number of COVID-19 cases at 2,607 followed by Kohima (1,606), Mon (300), Peren (271), Zunheboto (117), Tuensang (68), Mokokchung (39), Phek (33), Wokha (25), Kiphire (12) and Longleng (5).
The caseload segregation comprises 2,386 armed force personnel, 1,404 returnees from other States, 976 traced contacts and 317 frontline workers.
Till date, a total of 70,171 samples have been tested for COVID-19 in Nagaland. (Page News Service)

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