Nagaland: 50 new COVID-19 cases

Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 26 

Nagaland recorded fifty new cases of COVID-19 on July 26, taking the State’s tally of positive cases to 1,339.

Of the fifty new cases, 28 were detected from Kohima, 13 from Mon and 9 from Dimapur. Meanwhile, with 549 recoveries, the State now has 786 active cases. As per the official Health Department data, the number of deaths in the State remained at 4. 

It was further informed that 22 samples which tested positive through TrueNat today have been sent for confirmatory testing through RT-PCR.

Of the total 1,339 positive cases so far, data from the State Government showed that 850 are returnees, 408 are from the armed forces, 44 are frontline workers and 37 are traced contacts.   

82 yr-old COVID-19 patient dies
An 82 year-old patient admitted at the COVID-19 Hospital and whose condition was reported to be critical, passed away today. According to official sources, he breathed his last around 1:00-2:00 pm. 

He was initially admitted at the Eden Medical Centre with respiratory condition. Precautionary screening of his nasal swab sample by TrueNat on July 18 returned positive and the sample was further sent for confirmatory RT-PCR test.

Meanwhile, he admitted to the COVID Hospital. On July 19, the case was confirmed positive by RT-PCR. 

Subsequently, three private hospitals in Dimapur, besides his residence in Dhobinulla, were temporarily sealed by the district administration. 

With today’s fatality, the COVID-19 death toll in Nagaland became 5. However, as per the daily COVID-19 bulletin of July 26, released by the Department of Health & Family Welfare, the number of deaths still stood at 4 (with a disclaimer). 

When queried on this, the state Nodal Officer for the Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme explained that the collection of reports for the daily updates “freeze at 3:00pm.” He added that the death will be reflected in the next day’s update. 

COVID scare at CIHSR

Morung Express News
Dimapur | July 26

Another COVID-19 scare was reported in Dimapur today after a patient’s precautionary TrueNat test returned positive. 
It was not officially confirmed by the Dimapur District Task Force, but, official sources informed that confirmatory RT-PCR test result was being awaited. 

According to one source, a 70 year-old male patient was admitted to the hospital on July 24 reportedly with respiratory complaint. TrueNat test of his nasal swab on July 25 returned positive for COVID-19 and the sample was further sent for confirmatory test to Kohima. 

As on Sunday night (July 26), there was still no official communication from the DTF as to the status of the patient as well as the hospital. As told to The Morung Express, response measures were already activated and continuing and the Chief Medical Officer was waiting for the report of the surveillance team.