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October a month of COVID highs in Nagaland

  by NEWSNER , 2020-11-01 11:46:53

October a month of COVID highs in Nagaland

The detection of COVID-19 cases in Nagaland significantly dropped during the week but there has been no let-up in the overall positivity rate. As per the latest weekly COVID report published by the state Integrated Disease Surveillance Programme (IDSP), Health & Family Welfare, on October 31, Nagaland reported 509 cases during the week (October 24-30) out of 3781 samples tested, returning a positivity rate of 13 percent for the week. 


For comparison, the positivity rate for October 17-23 was 18 percent or 832 cases out of 4735 samples.


“The sample positivity rate (for Nagaland) declined this week but it remains higher than the national average,” stated the IDSP, as the overall rate witnessed a decimal shift, rising to 9.1 percent from 9 percent. The national average stood at 7.4 percent.  


The breakup of the week’s cases revealed 307 traced contacts, 141 armed forces personnel, 24 returnees, and 37 frontline workers. Dimapur (287), Kohima (146), and Mon (42) reported the maximum cases.


There was an improvement in the rate of recovery and testing, increasing to 80.8 percent and 47.8 tests per thousand, respectively.  The sluggish testing rate was “attributed to a more ‘targeted and focused testing’ approach.” 


The country’s recovery rate was over 90 percent and was testing 80.7 per thousand. The mortality rate increased to 0.37 percent against the national 1.49 percent. 


The State Death Review Committee confirmed 11 COVID-19 deaths this week. 


In other major updates, October reported the maximum number of cases (2782) to date despite fewer testing, as per the IDSP. The positivity rate for the month was 15.4 percent out of 18,807 samples tested. 


August was the month with the highest number of tests at 22,970 samples returning a positivity rate of 9.8 percent. 


October also reported the most deaths in a month, to date, which was tipped at 15. 


With 24 deaths, as of October 30, almost a third of the deaths occurred in Dimapur. Kohima has reported 6 deaths, followed by Mon, Mokokchung, and Wokha reporting 1 each. 60% of all deaths were below 60 years of age.


Hypertension and Diabetes were the most common associated co-morbidities. It said, “This is alarming due to the high prevalence of non-communicable diseases (Hypertension, Diabetes, Heart diseases) in the state.” It added that infections in people with co-morbidities (0.73 percent) were slowly increasing.


A maximum number of critical cases needing ICU care and invasive ventilation happened in October. There was a 5-fold increase in cases requiring ICU care in October, the IDSP said. 


Reference: The Morung Express