COVID-19: Nagaland 2nd least affected in NE States so far

Morung Express News
Dimapur | October 25

Nagaland’s handling as well as the impact of COVID-19 appeared to be better than most states in the North East, according to a comparative data provided by the health department. 

Data presented on the October 24 issue of ‘COVID-19 Weekly Bulletin’ by the State’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Department of Health and Family Welfare informed that Nagaland is faring better than most states in the region in terms of total cases as well as fatality rate. 

As per the bulletin, after Mizoram, Nagaland was the best ‘performing’ state in terms of number of cases and fatalities. The statuses were as of October 23. 

Till October 23, Nagaland had reported 8,436 cases and 22 deaths denoting a death rate of 0.26%. 

Mizoram’s status so far is best with lowest positive cases at 2,359 as well as ‘zero’ death. 

In terms of cases, Assam with 2, 03,282 cases lead the tally, followed by 30,070 in Tripura and 16,621 in Manipur. 

While Arunachal Pradesh had 14,077 cases, the state reported 32 deaths so far, signifying a death rate of 0.23, the best after Mizoram. 

When assessed in terms of death rate, Sikkim is the worst affected with lowly 3,727 cases but 78 deaths so far denoting a death rate of 0.89%. 

Manipur followed next with 0.76 death rates, with 16,621 cases and 127 deaths.

Overall, the region seems to be faring much better than the rest of India in terms of infection and death rate. 

As of October 23, the North East had 2, 87,292 total with 1,557 deaths denoting 0.54% death rate.

The death rate is much lower than the all India average at 1.51% and the global overage of 2.73%.

Meanwhile, the Bulletin cautioned that coming winter months would be critical in determining the fate of the COVID-19 pandemic in Nagaland.

 “All major pandemics saw a second wave after around 6 months which coincides with the upcoming winter months. This is a crucial time for the state to enforce all SOPs strictly and immediately,” it added.