12 new cases take Nagaland's COVID-19 tally to 12,400

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Kohima, Apr 10 (PTI) Nagaland's COVID-19 caseload surged to 12,400 on Saturday as 12 more persons tested positive for the infection, a health official said.

The state now has 157 active cases, while 11,990 people have recovered from the disease, 91 patients have succumbed to the infection and 162 have migrated to other states, he said.

12 +ve cases of COVID-19 reported today. Dimapur- 7, Kohima- 4, Mokokchung- 1. And, 2 +ve patients of COVID-19 have recovered at Kohima, Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom tweeted.

The recovery rate has come down to 96.67 per cent from Fridays 96.77 per cent, the Director of Health Department, Dr Denis Hangsing, said in the daily COVID-19 bulletin.

The recovery rate had gone up to 97.98 per cent on March 19.

The state has so far tested over 1.38 lakh samples for COVID-19.

Nagaland has administered a total of 1,09,286 doses of COVID-19 vaccine to 80,942 persons till Saturday, a health official said.

Among those inoculated, no one had any adverse effect, Dr Thurr said.

Meanwhile, following the surge in COVID-19 cases in Nagaland, the state government on Friday issued a revised Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) with immediate effect.

As per the new SOP, a returnee/traveller who produces a negative report of COVID-19 test, done not earlier than 72 hours before arrival in Nagaland, would be exempted from being quarantined.

The returnee/traveller should carry a soft/hard copy of the negative report of the test carried out through RT-PCR or TrueNat method and produce it whenever asked by the competent authority.

A returnee or traveller, without the negative test report, will have to be placed under quarantine for 10 days, it stated.

The returnee/traveller may either opt for home quarantine or paid quarantine in a designated hotel or lodge, it said.

The new SOP directed that all people in quarantine facilities should follow 3Ws Wear a mask, Wash hands, Watch distance and avoid 3Cs Crowded places, Close contact setting and Closed and enclosed spaces.

All returnees/travellers should self-monitor their health to see if they develop any COVID-19 like symptoms such as fever, cough, difficulty in breathing and shall update the status on the nCOVID Nagaland Visitors App twice daily, it stated.

Government servants entering the state on official work or coming back after availing leave will also have to adhere to the new SOP.

If a person remains asymptomatic during the 10 days of the quarantine period, no testing will be required before releasing him or her from the facility. PTI NBS SBN MM MM