Covid-19 positivity rate in Nagaland is alarming, says Health department
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, April 24 (EMN): The department of Health and Family has expressed concern over the spike in Covid-19 positivity rate in the state, which increased from 2.3% in March to 8.9% in April this year.
In its weekly bulletin issued on Saturday, the department described the high weekly sample positivity rate in Dimapur and Kohima as alarming, saying that it indicates undetected cases in the population.
It also expressed concern over high positivity rate among returnees and travellers and non-adherence to quarantine measures.
“The numerous points of entry to the state and the porous border make it extremely difficult to monitor everyone at points of entry. The community and ward/ village councils should ensure quarantine of 10 days as in SOP if there is no negative RT PCR report. Travellers should be equally responsible,” read the bulletin.
“Social gatherings and events remain high risk for super spreader events in the state when positivity rate is high,” it added.
The data revealed that 385 Covid-19 positive cases (excluding 114 cases on Saturday) and one death were detected in the state in the past week ending April 23, Friday.
The case fatality rate among 45 years and above is high at 2.6%, which is worrisome, and the median age of Covid deaths is 55 years (range: 24-90 years), it stated, adding that “this necessitates the need for urgent vaccination before the second wave peaks.”
The state has also administered 1,79,349 vaccine doses till date.