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Nagaland Covid-19 positive cases rise to 118

By Our Reporter Updated: Jun 07, 2020 10:54 pm
Directorate of Health and Family Welfare

Our Reporter/Correspondent
Dimapur/Kohima, June 7 (EMN):
Nagaland reported 11 more Covid-19 positive cases on Sunday, taking the total to 118.

Five cases were reported in the morning, according to a Twitter update by the minister for Health and Family Welfare, S Pangnyu Phom.

“Five new positive cases of Covid-19 have been reported in the last 24 hours out of the 318 samples tested. All cases are from Dimapur,” the minister tweeted.

However, later in the evening, the number increased by six more cases.

“Another six more Covid-19 positive cases reported out of 30 samples tested. All cases are from Dimapur QCs,” the minister updated at 4.40 pm.

Health authorities had, on June 6, declared eight patients in Dimapur as having ‘recovered’ following treatment at the Covid-19 hospital.

The total number of active cases in the state currently stands at 110.

Nagaland recorded its first three Covid-19 positive cases on May 25.

According to an update from state program officer, NHM, Health and Family Welfare, Dr. Thanghoi Lam, all 110 active cases in Nagaland are asymptomatic.

There are 87 active cases in the Covid-19 hospital in Dimapur; 13 in Chedema, Kohima; four in NHAK Kohima; five in Tuensang; and one in Peren.

The eight Chennai returnees who tested negative on their second test are yet to complete 14 days’ quarantine, according to Dr. Kikameren Longkumer, Deputy Director for Health and Family Welfare. At the end of 14 days, they will be tested again and if found negative, they will be discharged from Covid-19 hospital to Covid care centre, where they will be observed and transported to their respective districts.

Cabinet decides to allow paid quarantine

Briefing the media persons on Sunday at the Secretariat conference hall in Kohima, Minister for Planning and Co-ordination, Land Revenue and Parliamentary Affairs, Neiba Kronu, informed that the state Cabinet, in its meeting held on June 6, decided to allow paid quarantine for those returnees who wish to avail of it, considering the need to streamline returnees.

It also decided to encourage and enlist private labs to conduct tests for Covid-19 at government-approved rate; designate police quarantine for inmates indulging in unruly behaviour; and elicit co-operation and involvement from tribal bodies and government officers’ associations for providing food etc., in institutional quarantine centres, he informed.

Kronu said that the cabinet also decided to get the details of ‘quarantine returnee workers’, their names, address, village, mobile number, past work experience or the trade engaged in, particular skill proficiency etc., and for developing institutional mechanisms for skill upgradation and training so that “people who stay back are able to get gainfully employed and earn their living”.

“It was also decided that mechanisms will be put in place for registering anyone who wish to go out of the state for work, so that the details are available and government is in a position to promptly reach out to anyone outside the state who is in distress and provide assistance, should any such need arise in future,” he added.

The minister further informed that the cabinet has asked the DGP to identify persons circulating fake or deceitful videos and messages pertaining to Covid-19 on social media and punish them as per law.

Kronu informed that a bus carrying 29 passengers from Jammu and Kashmir arrived in Nagaland on Sunday. On June 8, he said, 34 passengers will arrive from Madhya Pradesh on a bus and 939 persons via special trains from Maharashtra and Gujarat.

By Our Reporter Updated: Jun 07, 2020 10:54:38 pm