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Spike in Covid-19 cases alarms Kohima residents

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By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 12, 2020 7:57 pm
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Our Correspondent
Kohima, July 12 (EMN):
The surge in the number of Covid-19 cases and expansion of containment zones following the detection of positive cases among frontline and non-frontline workers in Kohima is causing panic among residents.

While the authority is tasked with the responsibility of tracing primary and secondary contacts, the need to test more samples for Covid-19 has also increased.

A source close to Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) Covid-19 hospital informed Eastern Mirror that with the increasing cases of Covid-19 containment zones in Kohima, the number of sample tests have also increased from 40 to 60 daily via the two TrueNat machines at the facility now.

Although he was not able to ascertain the approximate number of tests conducted at the BSL-3 lab, he said that there were a lot of backlogs of confirmatory tests not only for Kohima, but from various districts of Nagaland.

The government has been demarcating various areas and sealing off entry roads and footpaths in many defined locations following detection of residents and government employees with Covid-19 infection in Kohima.

Earlier, an employee of NHAK, residing at Upper PWD colony had tested positive for Covid-19 on June 25 and another frontline worker from Kohima Smart City office had tested positive on June 1.

An employee at the canteen of the commissioner’s office was detected with Covid-19 on June 7 while just a day after, a staff of KMC office, residing at Kezieke, was also confirmed positive for the virus.

On July 10, a resident of Jotsoma village was detected with Covid-19 while a fresh case was also confirmed at Upland AG colony in Kohima on Sunday, July 12.

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By Our Correspondent Updated: Jul 12, 2020 7:57:28 pm