48% of State War Room personnel tests positive for COVID-19
DIMAPUR, JUNE 30: Even as Nagaland is set to enter its first phase of unlock on Thursday, July 1, the State’s COVID-19 data of the past 5 days present a cautionary note.
A cursory look at the Health Department’s COVID data from June 26 to 30 shows that the State has registered 480 fresh cases and 14 fatalities in that period.
On average, that are 96 new cases and almost 3 deaths per day.
On June 30, 4 districts were still with double figures under the daily fresh cases column. There were 2 deaths on the same day.
The previous day, on June 29, the number of districts with double-digit daily cases was 3, one less than the latest figure.
The day Nagaland Government had announced ‘Unlock 1’, on June 28, there were 6 COVID deaths. On the same day, the State had only 2 districts that registered double figures under the daily fresh cases column.
On June 27, three districts were in double-digits; while on June 26, only 2 districts had double figures but there were 6 deaths on the day.
If anything, the COVID figures of the last 5 days appear to show that Nagaland can ill afford to relax despite the Government’s announcement of unlock measures.
Also, in a cause for worry, nearly half of the State’s War Room staff at Kohima was reported to have tested positive for COVID-19.
Sources told Nagaland Page that the War Room ~ with a total strength of 25 personnel, including the Chief Secretary’s staff ~ had been functioning on a rota of 4 shifts per day.
However, 48% of the staff, from different Government Departments, has tested positive, it was learned.
Currently, the remaining 52% are running the War Room, the source said, adding that more testing could be conducted among the higher level officers.
The source, however, reiterated that they are continuing to perform their duties seamlessly despite some of their colleagues testing positive for the virus.
While declaring the ‘Unlock 1’ decision at Kohima on June 28, the Government spokesperson for COVID-19 and Minister for Planning & Coordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu had said that continuing lockdown measures may not be required as of now but to avoid future lockdowns, COVID-appropriate behaviour should be strictly followed by all.
The 10-day duration, starting from July 1, will be an observation period as a way forward to unlock the State, Kronu had said.
(Page News Service)