COVID cases on rise in Nagaland; 42 new cases reported on Apr 15

DIMAPUR, APR 15 (NPN) | Publish Date: 4/15/2021 12:18:00 PM IST

Nagaland is witnessing a steady rise in COVID-19 positive cases since the past few days, with 42 new cases having been reported on Thursday, taking the total caseload to 12,482. On Thursday, 23 cases were recorded in Kohima, 13 in Dimapur and two each in Longleng, Mokokchung and Phek. With this, the active cases also rose to 121.

Meanwhile, a higher secondary school in Mokokchung has been closed for a specific period of time after a faculty tested positive for COVID.

Though the State government has urged everyone to strictly follow COVID-appropriate behaviour, medical practitioners have expressed serious concern that many have become complacent despite knowing the fact that the India has been gripped by a more deadly second wave with multiple COVID variants.

It may be mentioned here that the High-Powered Committee (HPC) on COVID-19 at its meeting held on April 6 had decided to place teams from District Task Force (DTF) at Dimapur airport for thermal screening of all incoming passenger and check if they have negative report of COVID test done not earlier than three days prior to arrival in Nagaland. 

And on April 14, Commissioner of Police, Dimapur issued directives that inter-State entry of people into the district by road, train and flight without wearing mask would be strictly restricted.

On April 13, 331 passengers had arrived Dimapur by air and tests were conducted on 47, out of which six tested positive. The next day, 282 passengers had arrived, out of which tests were conducted on 46 and on April 15, out of the 361 passengers that arrived, samples of 80 persons were taken, and results of both the days are awaited.

Meanwhile, with regard to reports about suspected cases in Dimapur not being reported to the authorities and individuals choosing to self-quarantine themselves after having symptoms similar to COVID, health department officials said they did not come across any such report.

Parents fear students’ safety: On the other hand, parents of students appearing for their Class X and XII board exams are expressing concern over the safety of their wards. A parent, whose ward is currently appearing for Class X board exams, expressed apprehension about his safety. While the school authorities might be following all COVID protocols inside the exam centres/classrooms, he feared that once the students come out, they would mingle and gather around to discuss about the exams.

Another parent expressed concern over sitting 20-30 students inside the examination hall even as the people were being advised to avoid 3 Cs -- crowded places, close-contacts, confined or enclosed spaces – saying there was no guarantee of their safety.

He wondered when CBSE could cancel Class X board exam and defer Class 12 exams for the safety of students, why could not the State authorities come up with some similar measures for the safety of all. Referring to medical experts, the parent pointed out that the young age groups were now more susceptible to the new COVID variants.

According to reports, a few schools in Dimapur have also stopped regular classes for lower sections and have begun online classes.

Taking into consideration the current situation across the country, which has been witnessing cases not less than a lakh on a daily basis, a doctor, on condition of anonymity, remarked that the government/respective DTFs needed to come out with strong action plan to tackle the new challenge.

Though total lockdown may not be an option, a doctor was of the opinion that stricter measures needed to be put in place like regulating gathering of any kind, events, activities, etc.

27309 inoculated in Nagaland: A total of 27309 people have been inoculated during the recently concluded Tika Utsav or vaccination festival in the state held from April 11-14, 2021.

According to state immunization officer Dr.Rita Thurr, Mokokchung district recorded 6956 vaccinations, highest in the state followed by Dimapur at 5719. The figures of vaccination across the districts during the four-day Utsav are: Kohima (2460), Kiphire (417), Longleng (684), Mon (3100), Peren (1134), Phek (1203), Tuensang (1778), Wokha (2431) and Zunheboto (1787).

India has been scaling multiple peaks in its effort to vaccinate vulnerable sections of its population against the COVID-19 virus. The clarion call given by the Prime Minister of observing the days between April 11 and April 14 as ‘Tika Utsav’ saw many workplace vaccination centres operational across the private and public workplaces.

The total vaccination figures during the Tika Utsav saw a jump of 1,28,98,314 vaccine doses being administered to people of the eligible groups across the country.

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