DIMAPUR, JULY 31: Worrying weekly COVID numbers accompanied the State Government’s announcement of Unlock-4 on Saturday.
As per the Health Department’s weekly COVID bulletin (July 24-30), Nagaland registered 24 COVID deaths in the period, which is 6 more than the previous week’s toll. This is the highest weekly fatality since the week that ended on June 11.
In the same period, the State recorded 128 new hospital admissions ~ an alarming 60% jump from last week’s figure of 80 hospital admissions.
For 4 consecutive weeks, Nagaland has recorded an increase in new hospital admissions of COVID-19 positive cases. This week’s number of hospitalisations is also the highest since the week that ended on June 4.
According to the Department, this indicates high undetected/unreported COVID-19 transmission in the community. Dimapur, Kohima and Mokokchung reported the maximum number of admissions.
The rises in fatalities and hospital admissions were, however, tempered by a slight decrease in positive cases. Out of 9457 samples tested, 597 returned positive for COVID, which gave a weekly positivity rate of 6%.
Last week, the State’s weekly positivity rate was 8%.
Also, this week’s total of 9457 samples tested is the highest since the week that ended on May 21.
Out of the 597 cases, Kohima accounted for 201, followed by Dimapur with 173 and Mokokchung with 99. The rest of the districts recorded less than 32 weekly cases. Kohima had the highest weekly sample positivity rate at 13%.
As opposed to only 2 deaths last year, 2021 has so far recorded 31 deaths under home isolation, according to the Department. There have been 14 such deaths in Mokokchung district so far this year and 12 in Dimapur district.
The Department also informed that a 9-day-old infant had succumbed to COVID-19 in the past week. “As children cannot be vaccinated for COVID-19 yet, vaccination of parents, elders and teachers will reduce transmission to children along with adherence to COVID-19 personal safety measures”, it stated.
(Page News Service)