13,483 returnees arrive Nagaland till date

13,483 returnees arrive Nagaland till date
Staff Reporter DIMAPUR, JUN. 17 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/17/2020 1:15:18 PM IST

Nagaland has received a total of 13,483 returnees till date, as per the data provided by the Empowered Group COVID-10 Dimapur.

The data shows that Dimapur has so far received 6,800 residents of Nagaland from different parts of the country via special trains, 3,491 by normal trains, 904 by flights, 2,138 by buses and 510 by hired and paid vehicles.

Addressing media persons at commissioner’s guest house here, the agriculture production commissioner (APC) Y Kikheto Sema, who is also overall in-charge for COVID-19 activities in Dimapur, Wednesday maintained that Nagaland should be considered as the best State in India in tackling the pandemic. He said that Nagaland should be regarded as the best State in terms of management, logistics, arrangement of special trains, receiving of returnees, treatment of returnees at quarantine centres etc.

Even though positive cases were on the rise, Sema said he was hopeful that they would soon recover. 

Referring to public criticisms and complaints, Sema remarked “When there was no positive case in Nagaland, there were no complaints. And when positive cases started to emerge, complaints started to appear. And now when there were recovery cases, there are still complains. It’s not easy to serve the Nagas.” 

From the data analysis shared with the media, it was found that there were several returnees being quarantined even after completion of the required number of days as per the standard operating procedure (SOP). 

Of the 837 returnees quarantined for more than the required number of days, 300 of them are in quarantine for 16 days, 146 for 19 days, 169 for 23 days, 64 for 26 days and one person even completed 30 days of quarantine till Wednesday. 

When this was pointed out, the APC explained that the government decided to release the returnees from quarantine only after swap tests were performed on them. 

He appealed to all the returnees quarantined for more than the required number of days to cooperate with the government as it was for their own benefit only. 

Sema claimed that there were some States that did not even have the capacity to quarantine returnees for more than seven days. 

Currently, there are 3,443 returnees from different parts of the country at the quarantine centres, of which 518 are in paid quarantine. And Ganeshnagar quarantine centre here holds the highest number of 611 returnees. 

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