COVID-19 in Nagaland: 53 fresh cases as caseloads surge in Kohima, Dimapur

Morung Express News 
Dimapur | July 30

A total of 53 fresh COVID-19 cases were registered from Nagaland on Thursday taking the total tally to 1,566 as infection from the virus continue to surge in particularly in Kohima and Dimapur. 

As per the latest information shared by a state health authorities, almost, all the new cases reported in the State on July 30 were from the two cities.

“Tested 516 samples for COVID-19, out of which 48 cases came out positive. 32 cases in Dimapur & 16 in Kohima,” State Health and Family Welfare Minister (H&FW), S Pangnyu Phom update on Twitter in the afternoon. 

“All contact tracing are fully activated for all safety,” he added. 

Meanwhile, the daily ‘Nagaland COVID-19 Bulletin’ issued by Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Department of H&FW later informed that 5 new cases were also reported from Mokokchung.

With this, the COVID-19 Status in Nagaland as of July 30, 3 PM stood at: Total – 1,566; Active – 935; Recovered – 626; and Deaths -4. 

In his daily briefing, the Principal Secretary, Home Abhjit Sinha informed that as per the severity of symptoms, “all the 935 active cases are asymptomatic.”

The positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals and COVID-19 Care Centres and active surveillance and contact tracing are also in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection, he added. 

Till July 30, a total of 23,703 samples have been sent for testing through RT-PCR and results of 21,507 samples have been received. 

Out of the 16,513 samples received at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK), a total of 14,471 samples have been tested and 1,071 samples have tested positive.

 In addition, a total of 15,895 samples have been sent for testing on Truenat. 

Presently, a total of 2,502 persons are presently under Facility Quarantine, Principal Secretary added. 

Dimapur, Kohima worst-hit districts
Meanwhile, Dimapur continued to be the worst-hit district by COVID-19. The IDSP’s Bulletin informed that as of July 30, 3 PM, the district had 604 total cases. Out of this, 435 were designated as active, while there were 167 recoveries.

The district reported 5 deaths among COVID-19 patients, however one case is designated as “COVID-19 positive but not due to COVID-19” officially not counted as death due to the virus. 

“1 death had co-morbidities & tested Covid-19 positive, and under investigation,” the Bulletin said. 

Dimapur is followed by Kohima, with a caseload of 443, out of which 316 is designated as active. The district has reported 127 recoveries so far. 

The third in the list is Peren with 252 positive cases. However with 222 recoveries, the district has only 30 active cases. 

Mon district, with 148 total cases, is fourth on the list. However, with 39 recoveries so far, the district has the 3rd highest active cases in the state at 109. 

The cases in the other districts in terms of descending orders are as follows: Tuensang - 46; Phek – 28; Mokokchung – 18; Zunheboto – 12; Wokha – 8; and Longleng -3. (see image)

No cases have been reported so far from Kiphire district. 


CM Rio under home quarantine after few staff test positive   

CM's Residential office closed for 48hrs 

Kohima, July 30 (MExN): Few persons in the Nagaland Chief Minister’s Residential Complex have tested positive for COVID-19 and as safety precaution, the Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio under home quarantine. 

The Office of Chief Minister (CMO) informed on a Twitter update that the “complex is being sanitized and the residential office closed for 48hrs.”

“Few persons in the Chief Minister’s Residential Complex have tested positive for COVID-19. All SOPs are being implemented.

The complex is being sanitized and the residential office closed for 48hrs,” it said.  The normal functioning of the CMO is continuing following all guidelines, it added. 

Meanwhile, the CMO further said that as a safety precaution, the Chief Minister is under home quarantine.

Strict adherence to Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) has been put in place for primary and secondary contacts, it informed.   The CMO in the Nagaland Civil Secretariat is functioning normally, it added.