COVID-19: Nagaland registers highest single-day spike with 71 new cases

Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 13

Nagaland recorded the highest single day spike of positive cases with 71 more persons testing positive for COVID-19 on Monday morning,  taking the number of active cases above the 500-mark.

While the total number of infections now stands at 845, the state also reported 13 ‘recovered’ cases on July 13, taking the number of recovered cases to 340.

With this, the number of active cases now stands at 505. There are no COVID related deaths in the state so far.

According to Nagaland Health and Family Welfare (H&FW) Minister S Pangnyu Phom who announced the results on Twitter, out of the 71 new cases, 60 are from Dimapur, 7 from Mon and 4 from Kohima.

The recovered cases were reported from COVID-19 Care Centre, Jakhama (10), Dimapur (2) and Kohima (1). “However, they will be kept under strict surveillance,” the Minister said in his tweet.


Highest number of active cases in Dimapur
With Monday’s new cases, Dimapur district now has the highest number of active cases in the state with 159 cases. Out of these, 15 are categorized as ‘mild’ cases while the rest are asymptomatic.

As per data provided by the H&FW department, a patient with ‘mild’ symptoms from Peren is also being treated at Dimapur COVID Hospital.


Other districts update
Peren has the second highest number of active cases with 134 out of a total 216 reported cases. 81 cases have been classified as ‘recovered.’ In Kohima, out of 158 confirmed cases there are now 87 active cases and 71 recoveries.

As per the data, Mon has not reported any recoveries so far and all 83 cases are said to be active and asymptomatic.

Tuensang meanwhile has 28 active cases and 16 recovered cases out of the total 44 confirmed cases.

As for Phek district, the total number of infections stands at 17 with 8 active cases and 9 recoveries.

Zunheboto and Mokokchung both reported 4 cases each. Zunheboto has 1 active case and 3 recovered cases while all the cases in Mokokchung are active cases.

Meanwhile, Wokha reported its first COVID-19 case on July 10 and presently has 1 active case.  Kiphire and Longleng remain the only districts in Nagaland where no COVID-19 cases have been reported.


Active contact tracing and surveillance
During his daily briefing on COVID-19, Principal Secretary, Home, Abhijit Sinha, informed that all the positive persons are receiving medical care at the designated COVID-19 Hospitals and COVID-19 Care Centres.

“Active surveillance and contact tracing is in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection,” Sinha said.

As per the severity of symptoms, 490 active cases are asymptomatic and 15 active cases are mild, he said.


16,656 tested through RT-PCR
In the briefing, Sinha also informed that till date, a total of 16,656 samples from the state have been sent for testing through RT-PCR. Results of 16,214 samples have been received while 442 results are awaited.

Out of the total 16,656 samples, Sinha said that 12,338 samples were sent for testing at the BSL-3 lab at the Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) and at the BSL-2 lab at the Christian Institute of Health Sciences and Research (CIHSR), Dimapur, out of which 698 samples have tested positive. 

In addition, a total of 10,257 samples have been sent for testing on TrueNat, out of which 9,619 samples have tested negative. Another 305 samples tested positive on TrueNat and have been sent for confirmation by RT-PCR, Sinha said.

60 paramilitary personnel tests positive on July 13

A Health official from Dimapur told The Morung Express that the 60 new cases detected on July 13 were all related to paramilitary personnel. 39 of the cases were reported from ARTC Sukhovi, 16 from 5th Assam Rifles Kashiram and 5 were CRPF personnel, the official said.

While the total number of infections in Dimapur district stands at 318, the district also reported 160 recoveries as of July 13.