Guwahati: Nagaland on Thursday morning reported 9 more Covid-19 positive cases, raising the tally to 18. Notably, this is the sharpest single-day spike reported in the Northeast Indian state which was the last in the nation to report virus cases.
It is pertinent to mention here that pf these fresh cases, 6 are from Dimapur and 3 from Tuensang districts. All are returnees from Chennai, the capital city of Tamil Nadu.
Five more Covid-19 cases were officially confirmed in Nagaland on Wednesday morning, taking the tally in the state up to 9. Of these cases detected yesterday, 4 patients are from Dimapur, and 1 patient is from Kohima. "Another 5 more returnees from Chennai tested COVID-19 positive this morning; 4 from Dimapur and 1 from Kohima. With this, we have 9 active cases in Nagaland", wrote Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom, taking to Twitter earlier today. "They all are undergoing proper medical treatment at COVID19 Hospital Dimapur and Kohima respectively", Phom further wrote.
9 more new confirmed Covid-19 +ve cases reported taking the total tally to 18. https://t.co/PjtHmZVh30 #TogetherWeCan #NagalandAgainstCovid19@CmoNagaland @pangnyu @temjentoy @HealthNagaland @StateDisaster pic.twitter.com/ynNh2YTB6f— MyGov Nagaland (@MyGovNagaland) May 28, 2020
Meanwhile, the Health Minister has urged the people of the state not to discriminate against the frontline fighters who are batting the deadly contagion. "The positive case of COVID-19 was anticipated. We knew that this deadly virus will not spare our state when we decided to bring all returnees back. Let us stay positive and fight this Pandemic together. Do not discriminate the front line workers and do not panic because together, we can", Phom said.
It may be recalled here that Nagaland reported its first cases of the virus on Tuesday, May 26, after three persons who had returned from Chennai tested positive. Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio in a tweet said: "Unfortunately, two persons in Dimapur and one in Kohima have been tested positive for COVID-19. Please do not panic. We need to handle it with utmost care and responsibility. Necessary action of contact tracing and containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored." A day later, one more Chennai-returned person tested positive for the virus, taking the number of cases upto 4.
Nagaland, like other Northeast Indian states, has recently witnessed a sharp spike in recent times, largely owing to the return of citizens who were stranded outside the state in more Covid-prone areas.
India, in the middle of its first wave of Covid-19, registered 6,566 new COVID-19 cases in the past 24 hours, thereby taking the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases at 1,58,333, according to the latest data released by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare. The figure also includes 86,110 active cases.