Nagaland: No Covid deaths for 3 consecutive weeks
Eastern Mirror Desk
Dimapur, Jan. 6 (EMN): There have been no Covid-19 deaths for three consecutive weeks in Nagaland even as 38 new cases were detected in the past week ending February 5.
According to the weekly bulletin issued by the department of Health and Family Welfare, “weekly sample positivity rate slightly increased from 2 to 4% from the past week”.
The maximum category of cases continues to be from the traced contacts and self-test category, the update informed. A total of 34,674 contacts have been traced by surveillance teams across the state till February 5.
‘Among the traced contacts, the most affected age group is 21-30 years at 26%, followed by 31-40 years at 25%. Among them, 60% are males,’ it stated, adding that “uncontrolled spread among the age group of 21-40 years is increasing risk in the higher age groups”.
‘Positivity rate among household contacts at 29% continues to remain the highest, followed by government employees at 23% and students at 19%. The positivity rate among symptomatic/ pre-op screening/ travel purposes coming to Flu clinics continue to remain high at 15%,’ the update read.
“Recovery rate of 97% is same as India’s recovery rate,” it added.
More than 6000 vaccinated
The Health department stated that 6,311 healthcare workers, including 44 frontline workers have been vaccinated for Covid-19 in the state till date and no adverse events needing medical intervention have been reported so far.
However, the Union Ministry of Health and Family Welfare on Saturday listed Nagaland among the states and Union Territories that recorded less than 40% coverage of healthcare workers in the Covid-19 vaccination drive, putting the state’s total number of beneficiaries at 4,535 (against 6,311).
Other states that fared poorly in terms of vaccinating healthcare workers (below 40% coverage) are: Assam, Delhi, Punjab, Jammu and Kashmir, Dadra and Nagar Haveli, Ladakh, Tamil Nadu, Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Nagaland, Manipur, and Pudducherry.
The ministry went on to inform that 13 states and UTs recorded more than 60% coverage in the vaccination drive and they are: Bihar (76.6%) Madhya Pradesh (76.1%) Tripura (76%), Uttarakhand (71.5%), Mizoram (69.7%), Uttar Pradesh (69%), Kerala (68.1%), Odisha (67.6%), Rajasthan (67.3%), Himachal Pradesh (66.8%), Lakshadweep (64.5%), Andaman & Nicobar Islands (62.9%) and Chhattisgarh (60.5%).
India has vaccinated a total of 56,36,868 healthcare and frontline workers so far through 1,14,548 sessions since Covid-19 vaccination drive was launched on January 16.