Kohima; Out of 553 random samples tested, 301 return COVID positive

Kohima Random sampling alarming; out of 553 samples tested, 301 returned positive for COVID-19

Kohima, May 18 (NEx): Random COVID Sample testing in Kohima alarming with 54.4% positivity rate, updates Kohima District Task Force on Monday. Out of the 553 random samples tested, 301 returned positive for COVID-19.

As on May 17, 2021, the cumulative results of the samples collected so far from the category of taxi drivers, shopkeepers, labourers and home delivery personnel as per colony wise is as follows;

At Lerie colony, a total of 35 samples were collected. Of these, 20 detected positive for COVID-19; at PWD colony, out of 30 samples, 20 detected positive; at Paramedical (Merhülietsa) 22 samples collected & 13 came positive; at New Ministers’ Hill, 28 collected & 15 positive; at AG– 20 collected & one (1) positive; at Peraciezie 59 collected & 42 positive; at P.R. Hill – 31 collected & 18 positive; at Jail colony 57 collected & 38 positive; at Keziekie 38 collected & 12 positive; at Naga Bazaar– 62 collected & 33 positive; at Daklane 21 collected & 18 positive; at Kitsubozou 56 collected & 30 positive; at D’ Block 53 collected & 14 positive and at Hospital colony 41 samples were collected & 27 tested positive.

As per the directive from the State Government to pursue aggressive testing by the Department of Health & Family Welfare during the lockdown, the Kohima District Task Force (DTF) on COVID-19 has been conducting aggressive random sampling since the declaration of containment zone by the Government, a DIPR report stated.

Taking the advantage of the containment zone and total lockdown, the DTF has been carrying out random sampling till date at various locations in order to ascertain the prevalence of COVID-19 among high risk and highly mobile population within Kohima, it said.

The random sampling was conducted on Monday, May 17, 2021 at New Market and Bayavü colony, Kohima. The medical team led by Chief Medical Officer Kohima, Dr. Vezokholu Theyo, district administration, police, APO, AYO and ASU carried out the random sampling drive today. The team has been actively engaged in the collection of random sampling and COVID related activities undergoing in the district, a DIPR report stated.