State’s weekly Covid-19 cases dip, deaths shoot up
Dimapur, Sep. 18 (EMN): Nagaland’s weekly Covid-19 positivity rate has decreased to 1.9% from 2.3% reported in the previous week after cases dipped from 311 to 225 in the last week ending September 17.
However, the number of deaths shot up from eight in the previous week to 18 last week with Dimapur alone accounting for 16 of the fatalities. The Health department stated in its weekly bulletin that the high fatality rate was due to low vaccination coverage and large number of undetected cases in the population due to testing hesitancy.
Informing that 99% of Covid-19 deaths in the state from March 21 till date were not fully vaccinated and 90% not receiving even a single dose, it said reduction of deaths in the subsequent waves will mostly depend on the vaccination coverage.
It also stressed on the need for pregnant women to get vaccinated and follow Covid-appropriate behaviour citing high mortality rate.
Death rate among pregnant women is found to be higher than the general population at
10.3% with nine out of 87 patients succumbing to the virus and all the victims were not vaccinated, it stated.
The update also said that out of the total positive cases since March this year, 15% had received first dose, 9% fully vaccinated and 76% unvaccinated.