Nagaland COVID: 32 new cases, 11 recoveries

DIMAPUR, JANUARY 14 (MExN): 32 new positive cases of COVID-19 were detected in Nagaland on January 14. Meanwhile 11 new recoveries were also recorded. 

Health Minister, Pangnyu Phom updated on Twitter that the new cases include 28 from Kohima, 3 from Dimapur and 1 from Mokokchung. Of the new recoveries, 9 patients are from Kohima and 1 each from Dimapur and Mokokchung. 

As of January 11, the State now has a total of 12,035 cases of which 11,685 have recovered leaving 124 active cases. 

The number of deaths in the State stands at 76 while 10 deaths are categorised as not COVID related. 

Low sample collection
Despite the apprehension and fear that COVID-19 positive cases is likely to spike with the onset of winter and festive season, the state has, surprisingly witnessed lowest number of cases in the past few weeks.

On this, Principal Director for Health and Family Welfare, Dr Vizolie Suokhrie admitted that sample collections and number of tests in the past few weeks have reduced drastically. This, he said was due to the reluctance of people to reveal or declare their contacts and the stigma associated particularly in sealing of houses.

Another reason, he viewed was non-regulation of rate for those tests carried out in private hospitals, and informed that the department is working to regulate a uniform and affordable rate for tests carried out in private hospitals.