Community transmission still high
DIMAPUR, SEPTEMBER 11: For the fourth week in a row, Nagaland’s weekly COVID positivity rate stayed below 5%, according to the State’s Health Department.
In its weekly COVID bulletin, the Department informed that 311 positive cases were detected from 13,356 samples that were tested in the week ending September 10, returning a weekly positivity rate of 2.3%.
“All districts have reported sample positivity rate of less than 5% and the State weekly positivity rate has remained below 5% for the last 4 weeks”, it stated.
Further, 8 COVID-19 deaths recorded in the week took the total death toll in the State to 620. The 8 death cases were reported from Dimapur (4), Kohima (2), Kiphire (1), Peren (1).
“There were 60 COVID-19 hospital admissions in the week, with Dimapur recording the maximum cases (34). 75% of cases reported in the week were without any contact history signifying high community transmission. Many cases of self-test are still not reported. Gradual increase in self-random tests category signifies community transmission without a known source of infection”, it stated.
Also, 70% of COVID-19 deaths are male. This is attributed to higher prevalence of high-risk factors, more positive cases among males and also could be attributed to health seeking behaviour, it stated.
According to the Department, COVID-19 vaccination coverage has increased from the past week but needs to be accelerated before the third wave hits.
(Page News Service)