COVID Nagaland: Case doubling rate narrows to 14 days

Doubling time of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland as on August 14, 2019. (Source: IDSP, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland)
Doubling time of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland as on August 14, 2019. (Source: IDSP, Department of Health & Family Welfare, Nagaland)

22.5 tests per 1000 against the national 21.2

Morung Express News
Dimapur | August 15

The doubling rate of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland has narrowed to 14 days, as per the weekly analysis released by the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme, Department of Health and Family Welfare on August 15.

The doubling rate, as per the previous week's analysis, stood at 18 days. The state's total recorded cases was 1693 on July 31, doubling to 3322 cases on August 14. 

81 percent of the cases fall in the age group of 18-44 years and the median age of the confirmed cases was tipped at 31 years. The youngest was an asymptomatic 5 month-old baby and the oldest at 93 years. 

Males made up 2738 of the total cases. 

The armed forces continued to lead in terms of case contribution at 44 percent of the total confirmed cases. 

The contribution of "returnees" reduced to 35 percent from 40 percent, while, cases detected through contact tracing jumped to 13 percent from 7 percent. There was a dip in positive cases among front-line workers, falling to 6 percent from 7 percent.

Recovery rate at 36 percent was way below India's  71 percent. The poor recovery was attributed to "a stringent discharge policy" applied in Nagaland as opposed to the other states. 

As far as testing rate was concerned, Nagaland's 22.5 per 1000 was a notch higher than the country's 21.2. The total samples tested, as recorded on August 14, was 49,534 (29,358 by RT-PCR and 20,176 by TrueNat). These were exclusive of 2008 retest of confirmed cases.

The average positivity rate was 6.7 percent against the country's 8.8 percent, while mortality was .21 percent against the country's 3.6 percent. 

The weekly analysis further stated that 86 percent of the 7 confirmed COVID-19 fatalities had co-morbidities.