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Two more frontline workers test positive for COVID-19 in Kohima

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUL 2 (NPN) | Publish Date: 7/2/2020 1:35:31 PM IST

In yet another instance of COVID-19 afflicting frontline workers, one official from the Smart City project and a driver-- who have been involved in the quarantine management activities-- tested positive on June 29.

Following this, Kohima Municipal Council administrator and Kohima Smart City Development Limited chief executive officer Kovi Meyasie and staff, who were amongst the primary contacts of the official, had gone on home isolation.

Sources informed Nagaland Post that the CEO and three others gave samples for tests on Thursday, while tests on 13 other staff would be conducted on Friday. The Smart City office was also closed and the entire building and its surroundings were sanitized.

Meanwhile, the driver who tested positive was volunteer of Bethel Kitchen at the NBCC Convention Hall, where food are prepared for quarantine inmates.

However, how the driver contracted the virus was not known. Sources informed that the kitchen has been sealed for the past two days.

According to District Task Force Kohima (DTFK), aggressive contact tracing was activated and more than 115 primary and secondary contacts have been traced so far. 

DTFK informed that the test results of 15 persons, among the primary contacts, were negative and more samples have been sent for testing to BSL-3 lab (Naga Hospital Authority Kohima).

All the primary contacts were now under quarantine, DTF said and appealed to the public to not panic but follow all precautions related to COVID-19.

It may be recalled that on June 25, Nagaland reported its first case of frontline workers being infected by the virus.

Five frontline workers, stationed in Dimapur and Kohima were infected with COVID-19 while on duty.

The 5 cases included-- four bus drivers on quarantine duty (two of them tested positive on June 23 and two on June 25) and a receptionist at Naga Hospital Authority Kohima, who tested positive on June 25.

Containment zones marked in Peren dist

Following the detection of COVID-19 positive cases from among those sent for home quarantine at Dobashi colony, Jalukie Town and adjoining areas and ward number 5 Tening Town, DC Peren Sentiwapang Aier has declared those areas as “containment zones.”

In an order, DC has directed the district administration officials to immediately “demarcate and barricade the containment zone” in order to prevent community spread of COVID-19. Further, DC stated that contact tracing and other medical protocols, by the medical department, will be carried out with immediate effect.

Meanwhile, a meeting between the District Task Force and JAC on COVID-19 Peren district was held on July 2, where both the sides deliberated on the issue. 


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