Nagaland

Traced contact cases increased to 83% this week: Health dept. suggests ‘Social Bubble’

The department said that the weekly percentage of Traced contacts or cases from the community have increased from 1 % in the first week of July to 83 % as of this week

Kohima, December 20 (NEx): The Department of Health & Family Welfare in it’s weekly bulletin updated that December is witnessing events and social gatherings on an alarming scale at a crucial point in our fight against the pandemic and the State is at risk of widespread community transmission due to unlimited commercial events and parties and avoidable social gatherings. COVID-19 appropriate behaviours are not maintained in such events/gatherings, the health department said.

The department said that the weekly percentage of Traced contacts or cases from the community have increased from 1 % in the first week of July to 83 % as of this week and 50% of all traced contacts or cases from the community are in the age group 21-40 years. The uncontrolled spread among this age group is increasing risk in the higher age groups, it said. 198 cases and 2 deaths were reported from the past week with 83% of the cases from traced contacts/within the community.

The department also stated that the situation is more alarming unlike earlier days when cases were mostly confined within the quarantine centers. COVID-19 hospital admissions have increased 50 % from last week signifying increase in moderate to severe cases, and weekly sample positivity rate is one of the highest in the country at 10%.

High asymptomatic cases in the state
could mean there are undetected silent super spreaders and cases will manifest only weeks after the event in high-risk people. The high sample positivity rate also points to undetected cases in the population.

Meanwhile, Out of the total 63 COVID-19 deaths in the state, 64% are below 60 years of age. Diabetes and hypertension are the most commonly associated comorbidities, it informed.

Social Bubbles could reduce transmission:

The health department suggests that Social Bubbles could reduce transmission of COVID-19 among the community.

In a Social Bubble, people interact/meet only with a confined small group to control the spread of transmission and also offer mental and emotional support. Social bubble has to be as small as possible. Many countries in Europe are adopting the New Zealand’s model of a ‘bubble’, informed the health department of Nagaland.

Social bubble allows you to meet only a few close people within your social bubble and keep distance from others. If someone from the group meets people outside the circle, the whole group is put to risk. This could mean avoiding all kinds of social events/ gatherings outside your small circle. Even when meeting people within your social bubble, you should always follow all COVID-19 appropriate behaviours, added the department of health and family welfare.