COVID-19 nationwide tally sees 6,000-plus spike

NEW DELHI, MAY 22 | Publish Date: 5/22/2020 1:05:45 PM IST

The nationwide tally of confirmed COVID-19 cases rose by a single-day record of over 6,000 on Friday to cross 1.22 lakh, even as the government asserted the count could have been as high as 30 lakh but for the “rich dividends” of the nationwide lockdown. 

Globally, nearly 52 lakh people have tested positive for the deadly virus ever since its emergence in China last December, while 3.3 lakh have lost their lives.

Reeling off various studies, government officials also said up to 2.1 lakh more people could have died in India if the lockdown had not been implemented as “a timely, graded, proactive and preemptive public health measure” to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.

In its morning 8 AM update, the Health Ministry put the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases at 1,18,447 across India with an increase of 6,088 in 24 hours since Thursday 8 AM, while the death toll rose by 148 to 3,583.

However, a PTI tally of figures announced by different states and union territories, as of 9.20 PM, put the nationwide tally much higher at 1,22,656, the death toll at 3,634 and recoveries at more than 51,000.

Naga cop tests COVID +ve in Delhi


KOHIMA, MAY 22 (NPN): One Nagaland Police personnel, a naik from 7th NAP who was posted in Delhi, has tested COVID-19 positive and is current admitted at Ram Manohar Lohia COVID Hospital there.

Confirming this, director general of police (DGP) TJ Longkumer told Nagaland Post that the naik was part of a Nagaland Police team and doing regular duty of neighbourhood patrolling until a few days back, when he complained of throat irritation and fever. The DGP said the matter was immediately reported to regimental medical officer, after which he was referred to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital where his samples were taken for testing and found to be positive.

Following this, contact tracing was done and as 14 personnel of the NAP company were found to have had direct contact with the naik, they were all isolated and shifted to a quarantine centre in Kashmiri Gate area of the National Capital.  

Longkumer claimed that the patient was responding well, adding he was in touch with the cop and his colleagues.

It is still not known how the policeman got the virus as his other colleagues did not show any symptom.

BSL-3 lab at nhakbegins operation

DIMAPUR, MAY 22 (NPN): A day after its inauguration, the newly established BSL-3 lab at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima (NHAK) here commenced operation by testing COVID-19 samples on Friday.

According to reports, three samples were tested on Friday at the newly inaugurated lab.

Results of 23 awaited

On the other hand, of the 1,008 samples sent for testing from the State till 4 pm on Friday, results of 985 samples had been received and all tested negative, while results of the remaining 23 samples are awaited, principal secretary Home, Abhijijt Sinha said.

Further, 11,565 citizens had signed up in nCOVID-19 Nagaland-Visitors app since March 23, while 1,861 persons submitted their travel details through self-declaration. And currently, 1,210 individuals were being digitally monitored through nCOVID-19 Nagaland-Visitors app, he added. 


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