Nagaland, which was the last Covid-19-free state in India, has finally reported its first cases of the deadly contagion after 3 people - who had recently returned from Chennai tested positive on Monday.
Nagaland Health Minister S Pangnyu Phom took to Twitter moments earlier to make the announcement. "First positive case reported in Nagaland. Three returnees from Chennai (Sharamik Express) tested Positive for Covid-19. They are undergoing treatment at DHD and Chedema, Kohima respectively, their condition is stable & all contact tracing are in progress", Phom wrote.
Reacting to the development, Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio has said that "necessary action of contact tracing and containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored."
Unfortunately, 2 persons in Dimapur and 1 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 & containment measures are being taken and situation closely monitored.— Neiphiu Rio (@Neiphiu_Rio) May 25, 2020
It is pertinent to mention here that earlier, a businessman from the state's commercial hub of Dimapur had tested positive for the virus, but he was added to the tally of Assam as he was tested and received treatment at the Gauhati Medical College and Hospital (GMCH). This is a developing story. Stay tuned for more updates.