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Compulsory testing for all who entered Nagaland after Dec 20

Compulsory testing for all who entered Nagaland after Dec 20
DIMAPUR, DEC 28 (NPN) | Publish Date: 12/28/2020 12:31:40 PM IST

In view of the emergence of a new variant strain of COVID-19 from United Kingdom, all persons– both Indians and foreign nationals who reached Nagaland after December 20 have been asked to report to respective District Task Forces (DTF) on COVID-19 for compulsory testing. 

In a circular issued in this regard, Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) principal director Dr Vizolie Z Suokhrie also asked those arriving after the issue of the circular to self declare at the point of entry, inform the DTF and self-isolate for necessary standard testing protocols.

Further, as per the directives of National Task Force (NTF) on COVID-19 and in the light of the emergence of the new variant strain of virus, the principal director announced a slew of strategies to be put into place with immediate effect to detect and contain the mutant virus.

He ordered that IDSP State Surveillance Units (SSUs) and District Surveillance Units (DSUs) should track all passengers who had arrived from UK after December 20 and test them as per ICMR guidelines.

Vizolie directed that samples of all positive cases, if found, should be sent for Whole Genome Sequencing (WGS), even as enhanced contact tracing of positive cases should be undertaken and all these contacts put in facility quarantine.

Ordering that positive cases should be discharged only after ensuring that two samples tested negative after 14 days, he said 5% of all positive cases from the State would be sent for WGS.

State COVID-19 tally nears 12,000-mark; death toll 79
Nagaland’s COVID-19 tally inched towards the 12000-mark on Monday after the caseload rose to 11911 as 14 new COVID-19 positive cases were reported-- 5 in Mokokchung, 3 in Peren and 2 each in Dimapur, Kiphire and Kohima.
One more COVID-19 related death was reported in Mokokchung, taking the death toll to 79. Out of 79 cases, 69 deaths were COVID related and 10 not COVID related, Health & Family Welfare department official stated.
Further, the distribution across various categories include 4649 cases from the armed forces/police, 1835 returnees, 4861 traced contacts and 566 frontline workers.
Altogether 11,458 COVID-19 infected patients have recovered from the disease till date, while the number of active COVID-19 cases is 243. A total of 131 patients have migrated to other states, the department said.
So far, 1,19,858 suspected COVID-19 samples have been tested in Nagaland, including 72,362 through RT-PCR, 36,685 on TrueNat and 10,811 Rapid Antigen Tests

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