Nagaland: Sample positivity rate plummets as others recover | MorungExpress

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Dimapur | 12 February

Nagaland’s fight against COVID-19 appears to be on track as the number of recoveries has consistently exceeded new cases for the second week in a row since the third wave hit the state.

After tallying 570 new cases the previous week, Nagaland continued to see a significant drop in the detection of new COVID-19 cases for the week (February 5-11) with 358, marking a 37% drop.

According to the state’s Integrated Disease Surveillance Program (IDSP) weekly roundup, released on February 12, of the total, 90 percent of new cases were detected in Dimapur and Kohima and overall, 81% of cases were among the symptom tests/self-test category.

The roundup also said the sample’s overall weekly positivity rate fell to 6.5%, falling below 10% for the first time in four weeks. Last week it was 13.2%. However, at the district level, Kohima and Wokha recorded a sample positivity rate of over 10%.

Compared to the weekly tally of new cases, at least 592 patients recovered from the disease during the week (February 5-11).

According to IDSP data, 427 recoveries have been reported from Dimapur, Kohima- 94, Tuensang- 28, Mokokchung- 18, Wokha- 9, Phek and Mon- 5 each, Zunheboto- 3, Peren- 2, Kiphire- 1 .

However, in contrast, the state has reported 13 deaths from COVID-19, the highest weekly deaths reported in the past 4 months.

“Of 13 deaths, 11 had comorbidities (HIV-AIDS, Diabetes, Hypertension, TB, chronic liver disease and cancer). 7 had not even received a single dose of the COVID-19 vaccine and no one had received the third dose which is recommended for older people with comorbidities,” the IDSP said.

Vaccination, especially for people with comorbidities, is highly recommended as COVID-19 will continue to be with us, he added.

The IDSP also informed that there were 29 new COVID-19 hospital admissions in COVID-19 hospitals during the week.
In terms of vaccination, the weekly roundup said 15.89 lakh doses of COVID vaccines were administered across the state. Of these, more than 1.44 lakh doses were administered in the 15-18 age category.

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