HPC likely to review lockdown today

Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 7 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/7/2021 1:09:17 PM IST

As the end of second cycle of lockdown draws near-- June 11, there are indications that there could be some relaxation in some areas with some restrictions.

The number of new Covid positive cases which were above 250 and at times even 300 in a single day during May, have gradually declined. That has led many health workers, especially doctors to attribute it to the lockdown.

While there appears to be some among the policy decision makers who are not disinclined on a gradual unlock, the main cause of concern was however, the indiscipline among public in not following the prescribed Covid protocols. 

When contacted, a High Powered Committee (HPC) member informed Nagaland Post that the committee is to deliberate and decide on how to go about with the lockdown at its meeting on June 8. 

The member said the HPC will however take the views of District Task Forces (DTFs) through video conferencing. It was also learnt that the Health and Family Welfare department has given its report that positivity report has declined to some extent.

The committee members are also to hold video conferencing with all the district officials-- DCs, SPs and CMOs of various districts in order to obtain status report of their respective districts and also solicit their views on further course of action. The HPC member also expressed unhappiness over the blatant flouting of Covid protocols by the public. He said this attitude has to change if the efforts to contain the spread of the virus was to succeed. 

Meanwhile, sources in the Health department informed Nagaland Post that even as the two cycles of virus replication would complete on June 11, the department would present its report to HPC depending on the case reporting and existing ground situation.

To a query, these sources said that until the district representatives gave their ground report, things remained uncertain. The sources expressed concern over the daily wage earners who were having the hardest time during this lockdown period. The sources said that all these problems faced by lowest income groups will be mentioned in the report that will be presented to the HPC on June 8. 

Many more people in Dimapur and Kohima are testing positive for covid-19. However, interestingly, most of them say they do not know from whom they got infected nor which place(s).

This is a clear evidence of community transmission or stage- 3 of Covid transmission. 

This is the stage of community transmission and takes place when the source of an individual’s infection can’t be traced and isolated. 

During this stage, those who have not been exposed to an infected person or anyone who has a travel history to affected countries still test positive for the coronavirus.

At this stage of disease transmission, the individuals within a city or community begin to contract the infection randomly, hence making it more challenging to track down all those who could possibly have the disease.

A World Health Organization (WHO) report has shown that India continues to label itself as a country with no community transmission despite registering the highest number of cases in the world each day. Instead, the government of India’s health and family welfare ministry chose to describe the current transmission as “cluster of cases” or coming from clusters. 

In cluster of cases, the government would focus on testing, contact tracing and isolation to contain the spread of infection.

However, in community transmission, the government would have to focus on prioritising treatment and issuing advisories to protect its citizens.

The Centre has consistently refused to admit to community transmission of the virus even as India has recorded a total of 2.89 crore cases.


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