State tally at 459, Mkg reports first case

Morung Express News
Dimapur | June 30

Mokokchung district reported its first confirmed COVID-19 case as a returnee from Delhi tested positive on Tuesday. 

The patient had previously tested positive through TrueNat on June while on quarantine at the Mary Mead Quarantine Centre, Impur. It was confirmed at Biosafety Level – 3 laboratory in Kohima on June 30. 

Seven other positive cases were also reported on June 30, taking the state’s tally of infections to 459.

According to data released by the Nagaland Department of Health and Family Welfare (H&FW), six of the new cases  were from Jakhama Military Quarantine Centre (QC) while the other was from Dimapur QC.

No new recoveries were reported on Tuesday and the recovery rate stood at 36% as per official data.

With this, the State has a total 459 total positive cases, 291 active cases and 168 recoveries as of 3:00 pm, June 30.

Mary Mead Campus declared containment zone
It was meanwhile informed that the Mokokchung Deputy Commissioner has declared the Mary Mead Hostel Campus, encompassing IBS Building 1, IBS Building 2 and IBS Building 3 as a containment zone as defined in the Standard Operating Procedure issued by the Directorate of H&FW.

The order will come into immediate effect in view of the confirmation of one positive case and in the interest of public health and safety, the DIPR reported. The patient is asymptomatic and in stable condition at the COVID Care Centre in Mokokchung, it added. 


Taxi driver case: No positive yet
With Mokokchung reporting the first confirmed COVID-19 case today, officials in Dimapur said that no one has tested positive yet in connection to the Mokokchung case. Despite, it was informed that active contact tracing was on. 

A Dimapur taxi driver, who had transported 4 returnees to Mokokchung on June 21, was placed under observation on June 28 after one of the returnees he transported tested positive through TrueNat screening. It was further confirmed through RT-PCR test at a BSL laboratory. The taxi driver’s family was also placed in isolation along with him. 

The 4 returnees had also stayed at a paid quarantine (hotel) overnight in Dimapur after they reached Dimapur by flight on June 20.

Queried on the measures taken at the hotel, a member of the Empowered Group for COVID-19, Dimapur district, said that paid quarantines are required by protocol to “disinfect” rooms after every checkout of guests.

He added that the employees of such hotels maintain minimal contact with guests, while taking abundant personal precautionary measures.