Guwahati: A day after reporting the detection of its first cases of the dreaded coronavirus, Nagaland state has reported another one, taking the total tally of cases to 4. The fourth case is a returnee from Tamil Nadi capital Chennai.
Confirming this on Twitter, Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom wrote, "Another returnee from Chennai has been tested COVID19 +ve at Kohima. With this, we have 4 active cases. Contact tracing are being activated."
The first cases of the virus in Nagaland were detected 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."
Later in the evening, Rio met his colleagues in the Covid-19 War Room to "take stock of the overall scenario of the state" and take measures to mitigate the crisis.
According to the ministers and officials, the exodus of thousands of people from southern and western regions of India to the Northeast region has led to a steep rise in COVID-19 positive cases, especially in Assam.