Dimapur, July 12 (MExN): Nagaland’s total tally of COVID-19 infections rose to 774, following the detection of 26 new cases on Sunday.
State Health and Family Welfare Minister, S Pangnyu Phom’s informed on his official Twitter account that 18 new cases were ‘confirmed’ in Dimapur, 4 in Phek, 3 in Tuensang and 1 in Kohima.
The Minister also said that 14 patients had ‘recovered’ from COVID-19 on July 12.
8 of the recoveries were reported from Phek, while 5 were from Peren and 1 from Kohima. “All of them will be kept under strict surveillance,” the Minister said.
With this, the total number of active cases in the state now stands at 447, out of which 443 active cases are asymptomatic and 4 active cases are mild.
In his daily briefing, 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. “Further, active surveillance and contact tracing is in progress to prevent further spreading of the infection,” he added.
According to data issued by the Department of Health and Family Welfare on July 11, the total number of COVID-19 cases in the state has been increasing since the first case was detected on May 24.
While it took 36 days for the state to reach the 500 mark, within 11 days since July 1, the total reached 748 (an increase by 248 cases) till July 11.
In the last one week, the highest spike was on July 10 when a total of 59 cases were reported from Kohima, Peren, Dimapur, Wokha and Phek districts.
While the Department maintained that “the surge in cases is also due to infection within the quarantine centers when personal safety measures were compromised,” the July 10 cases also included military and paramilitary personnel.
As per data on the Nagaland COVID-19 Dashboard, out of the overall 774 cases, 583 were males while the rest – 191 were females.
Most cases were in the 18-44 years age group at 741, followed by 16 each in the 0-17 and 45-64 years age bracket. There was a single case in the 65-74 years age group.