Nagaland continues limping on testing the samples for COVID-19; Around 90 samples tested per day for a week

Nagaland continues limping on testing the samples for COVID-19; Around 90 samples tested per day for a week

Kohima, May 31 (NE): Amid the spike in COVID-19 positive cases in the state, Nagaland continues limping on COVID-19 samples test, only around 90 samples/day tested for almost seven days, reveals the data in the COVID-19 bulletin.

The number of COVID-19 positive cases in the state is increasing every day and has reached 43 cases today, May 31, 2020 at 07:25 am.

Nagaland is waiting for the result of 745 samples, according to the COVID-19 bulletin on Saturday. At this pace, testing over 700 pending samples, will take more than a week. This is a matter of concern for the people of Nagaland.

Also, it is important to note that every day, new samples have been collected for testing, which is going to make the process longer, unless the State finds another way to test the pending samples at the earliest.

According to the COVID-19 daily bulletin, for past one week, Nagaland is testing only around 90 samples per day. It is reported that most of the samples are tested in the new BSL-3 Lab at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima.

The COVID-19 daily bulletin, On May 27, 2020 said, Nagaland received 87 sample test results and five tested positive. While 319 sample results were awaited.

On May 28, 2020, Nagaland received 89 sample test results and nine tested positive. While 426 sample results were awaited.

On May 29, 2020, Nagaland received 95 sample test results and seven tested positive. While 563 results were awaited.

On May 30, 2020, Nagaland received 94 sample test results and 11 tested positive. While 745 results were awaited.

On May 31, 2020, a tweet from Nagaland Health Minister, S Pangnyu Phom updated on the COVID-19 status in the state, and said that, 92 sample test results received and seven tested positive, as on 07:25 am, today, May 31, 2020.

Earlier Nagaland used to send collected samples to Assam and Manipur for testing. Since May 21, 2020 samples collected are also tested in BSL-3 lab at NHAK, with its daily capacity in sample testing at 94, Nagaland is limping in testing for past seven days.

Another BSL-2 Lab setting up process is under progress at CIHSR, Dimapur. At this moment with a capacity of around 90+ samples testing per day, it is becoming an impossible task for Nagaland to test all the pending samples as the count is increasing daily. Aggressive testing is very important among the returnees to combat the spread of the deadly virus at the earliest, added a citizen of Nagaland.

Apart from BSL-3 lab, Nagaland is also using TrueNat machines to test the samples.

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