Lockdown may continue with some relaxations

Lockdown may continue with some relaxations
Correspondent KOHIMA, JUN 8 (NPN) | Publish Date: 6/8/2021 12:50:24 PM IST

While the High Powered Committee (HPC) is scheduled to meet on Wednesday to review the current total Lockdown which will end on June 11, there are indications that it might be extended further but mostly likely, with certain relaxations.

It has been learnt that while representatives of two districts had sought relaxations, representatives of the remaining districts have suggested extension of the lockdown as Covid cases were lately being reported from rural areas.

The HPC is scheduled to hold video conferencing with all District Task Forces (DTFs) during Wednesday’s meeting. At video conferencing, the Health & Family Welfare (H&FW) department officials is to also present a ground report and observations obtained across the state.

After reports of new covid cases were reported from rural areas which are spiking up, highly placed sources told Nagaland Post that the State government was most likely not going to expose the rural areas by lifting the lockdown.

As reported earlier, the rural areas of the state, excepting Kohima and Dimapur and to some extent Mokokchung, are unprepared to tackle the situation, in the event of significant rise in Covid positive cases. Some of the hospitals in rural districts are not only short of medical staff but also do not have oxygen concentrators or ICUs. 

This was earlier revealed in a comprehensive report issued by the opposition NPF through a press statement.

The other area that is considered as pre-requirement is for mass vaccinations across Nagaland so as too provide a protective herd immunity. However, given the State’s population, even vaccination rate is very low at the moment. Medical practitioners have repeatedly reminded that unless mass vaccination is ramped up and continuous testing undertaken, efforts to check further spread of the virus won’t be achieved early. 

Some medical doctors working in private and government hospitals also disclosed that as recovery rate of Covid positive patients was very low and death rate due to covid and comorbidities high, the best way to prevent fatalities due to Covid, was to vaccinate as many people as possible to check its spread.

Meanwhile, daily records of new covid cases in Kohima and Dimapur districts has been showing some a decline. 

The transmission rate has plateaued in Kohima and Dimapur but cases are now being reported from rural areas districts. 

According to official sources, the only option to further bring down the plateau was by continuing with the total Lockdown while at the same time, pursue mass vaccination drive more vigorously.

It was learnt that vaccine hesitancy and refusal to undergo test for covid, casual attitude by non-adherence to Covid SOPs by public are turning out to be the major challenges against drastically reducing new covid cases in the state. 

Covid caseload breaches 23k-mark, 3 deaths
DIMAPUR, JUN 8 (NPN): Nagaland’s total Covid caseload breach the 23,000 mark on Tuesday after 133 fresh Covid-19 positive cases were reported while three more patients succumbed to the infection. Of the fresh cases, 36 were from Dimapur, Mokokchung-28, Wokha-27, Kohima-16, eight from Mon, seven from Phek, five from Longleng and three each in Kiphire and Zunheboto, taking the total caseload to 23051.
Dimapur for the first time recorded nil deaths while Kohima registered two deaths and one in Mon, taking the death toll to 432 including 14 non-Covid deaths but with Covid positivity.

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