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No COVID-19 community transmission in Nagaland: Pangnyu

There is no community transmission of COVID-19 in Nagaland, as the history of contacts has been established in all positive cases, informed Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom

Kohima, August 13 (NEx): The Minister for Health and Family Welfare, Government of Nagaland, S Pangnyu Phom, during his Statement on COVID-19, informed the 6th Session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly (NLA), that there is no community transmission of COVID-19 in Nagaland, as the history of contacts has been established in all positive cases.

Pangnyu stated that the first COVID-19 case in India was reported on January 30, 2020. On April 12, a patient from Nagaland was reported to be tested positive in Assam. On May 25th, 2020, the first 3 positive cases in Nagaland were detected among the returnees from Chennai. So far, a total of 48,901 samples were tested. Out of which 28,557 samples were tested with BSL Lab RT-PCR; 20,344 with Truenat machine.

The State has tested 38,634 persons, so far. The testing per million population is 21,170 per million which is a higher testing rate than the national average of 18,770 per million. The total no of samples tested positive is 3031. The test positivity rate is at 6.55 % which is lower than the national average of 8.97%, indicating that, the infection rate in the State is comparatively lower than other States.

There are 3,031 confirmed cases in Nagaland out of which 2,032 are active cases, 985 recovered, 7 COVID-19 deaths, 1 death due to non-COVID-19 and 6 migrated. A total of 1385 confirmed cases are among Armed Forces, 1,096 are returnees, 200 are frontline workers, 296 are traced contacts and 52 others (cases related to NLA, Raj Bhawan and others), Pangnyu informed.

There has been spike in number of positive cases in the recent days particularly in Kohima and Dimapur. Majority of the confirmed cases are among Armed Forces personnel. Vigorous contact tracing is being carried out and in all positive cases the source of infection has been traced, he added.

The sixth session of the 13th Nagaland Legislative Assembly, was adjourned sine-die after completing all business session listed.

The 6th Session of NLA was conducted in the absence of Opposition Party, Naga People’s Front (NPF), who decided to boycott the 6th Session, following the proposal for a three days business session being turned down. The NPF had proposed one day discussion on each of the following issues of public importance viz. Naga Political issue, issue related to COVID-19 and SARFAESI ACT, 2002.

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