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Dimapur | August 6
82 new cases of COVID-19 were reported in Nagaland on August 6. Of this, 58 are from Dimapur, 22 are from Kohima and 2 are from Phek.
39 of the cases detected on August 6 are from the armed forces, 15 are frontline workers, 4 are traced contacts and 19 are categorized as ‘others.’ The ‘others,’ according to the Health Department include cases related to the NLA, Raj Bhavan patients, excluding returnees.
With this, the total number of cases in the State stands at 2580, of which 1,886 are active cases while 819 people have recovered. The official death tally from COVID-19 in the State stands at 6.
Ministerial staff test positive
Staff and bodyguards attached to two Ministers in Nagaland also tested positive for COVID-19 today.
Press Secretary to the Minister of Health and Family Welfare, Nagaland today informed in an official statement that "some supporting staffs, 2 bodyguards & 4 house guards attached with the Minister for Health and Family Welfare have been detected positive for COVID-19."
Undertaking all precautionary measures as per the SOPs, the official residence of the Minister has been sealed.
The statement further mentioned that the Minister is under self isolation. "The Minister will continue to work from home and monitor all COVID-19 related activities," informed the statement.
Meanwhile, some supporting staff including two house guards attached to the Deputy Chief Minister also tested COVID-19 positive. All precautionary measures are taken, informed a statement from the Deputy CM’s press secretary. It was informed that the Deputy CM has tested negative, is under self isolation and will continue to discharge his official duties adhering to all SOPs.
Health Minister dismisses rumours
The Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom meanwhile dismissed social media rumours that 22 legislators had tested positive. Taking to Twitter, the Minister said: “News circulating that 22 legislators have tested positive for COVID-19 is false and baseless.”
In these times, people should not take advantage of the situation and spread rumours without ascertaining facts, he added. The Minister cautioned that spreading false rumours will invite legal actions.