Fact-Check: Positive case of CoronaVirus reported in Nagaland is a rumour

Kohima, March 04 (NE): News taking rounds in social media in Nagaland about the current most feared and talked about COVID-19 (Novel Corona Virus 2019), that a case of corona virus was confirmed in Nagaland recently, created panic and confusion among the citizens of Nagaland. It is nothing but rumour and fake, informed the authorities.

NagalandExpress in order to verify the news reached out to medical team posted at the Dimapur Airport. District Epidemologist, Dr. Kainyu Konyak confirmed that the news spread around is nothing but a rumour. The confirmation of negative corona virus in Nagaland is a big relief to the people. Till yesterday, 172 people were screened and so far no confirmed case of corona virus in the state, said District Epidemologist, Dimapur.

If anyone have any doubts one can contact the helpline +91-11-23978046.

Meanwhile the Minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom also stepped into clear the rumour.

The news taking rounds in social media reads as follows: ‘It is learnt that an Ao lady from Longjang village who returned from China have tested positive of COVID-19. She is being kept in isolation at Naga Hospital, Kohima’ – unquote.

A huge sigh of relief for Nagaland as the medical team confirmed that the news above is a rumour, and it will not be advisable for people to share such unauthentic news report which creates confusion and panic among the people. It is also good for the social media admin to take a note of this kind of false news while approving such posts.

The medical department is on high alert and vigil, taking various precautions for screening and necessary preparations are done for treatment here in the state if the need arises. In the midst of all these, a news was circulated in social media which is very discouraging for the whole department and the team as well, added a source.